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  ABA LEAGUE  


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jordan MORGAN
  Olimpija
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 23
 1. Morgan, Olimpija23.0 
 2. Washington, Igokea23.0 
 3. Wright, Igokea22.0 
 4. Ennis, Mega Bemax22.0 
 5. Rochestie, Crvena Z.21.5 
 6. Zoric, Cibona21.0 
 7. Gordic, Buducnost20.0 
 8. Raley-Ross, Mornar B.19.5 
 9. Hrovat, Olimpija18.5 
 10. Ivanov, Zadar18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan MORGAN
  Olimpija
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Morgan, Olimpija11.5 
 2. Trajkovski, MZT S.9.5 
 3. Oliver, Olimpija9.0 
 4. Bozic, Zadar9.0 
 5. Milosevic, Igokea8.5 
 6. Ilic, Buducnost8.0 
 7. Fundic, Mega Bemax7.5 
 8. Bitadze, Mega B.7.5 
 9. Zoric, Cibona7.5 
 10. Rozic, Cibona7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Filip COVIC
  FMP
  (178-PG-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Covic, FMP10.5 
 2. Gordic, Buducnost6.5 
 3. Rochestie, Crvena Z.6.5 
 4. Cherry, Cedevita6.5 
 5. Garcia, MZT Skopje6.5 
 6. Rebic, Mega Bemax6.0 
 7. Williams-G., Partiza.6.0 
 8. Ennis, Mega Bemax6.0 
 9. Needham, Mornar B.6.0 
 10. Rozic, Cibona5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Devin OLIVER
  Olimpija
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Oliver, Olimpija3.0 
 2. Ennis, Mega Bemax2.5 
 3. Murphy, Cedevita2.0 
 4. Rebic, Mega Bemax2.0 
 5. Span, Olimpija2.0 
 6. Cakarevic, Partizan.2.0 
 7. Morgan, Olimpija2.0 
 8. Bilinovac, Cibona2.0 
 9. Fundic, Mega Bemax2.0 
 10. Bjelica, Crvena Z.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Goga BITADZE
  Mega B.
  (211-C/F-99)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bitadze, Mega B.4.5 
 2. Zoric, Cibona2.5 
 3. Ilic, Buducnost2.0 
 4. Lukovic, Mornar B.1.5 
 5. Melvin, Cibona1.5 
 6. Lessort, Crvena Z.1.0 
 7. Rikic, Igokea1.0 
 8. Trajkovski, MZT S.1.0 
 9. Barovic, Buducnost1.0 
 10. Antic, Crvena Z.1.0 


Round 2: Igokea hands first loss to Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in ABA League.

The most surprising game was a loss of Montenegrin Buducnost (1-1) in Aleksandrovac on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Bosnian Igokea (1-1) 98-94. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Igokea made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Buducnost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Dorell Wright (206-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Bosnian point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) replied with 25 points and 5 assists for Buducnost. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Igokea is looking forward to face Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Buducnost will play at home against Cibona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Crvena Zvezda (2-0) which hosted in Beograd Mega Bemax (1-1). Crvena Zvezda managed to get a 10-point victory 90-80. American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) scored 26 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and James Feldeine chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Canadian-Jamaican point guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, college: Oregon) responded with 21 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crvena Zvezda will play against Olimpija (#9) in Ljubljana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mega Bemax will play at home against Mornar Bar (#7) to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Bar between Montenegrin Mornar Bar and Serbian Partizan. Mornar Bar (1-1) got a very close home victory over Partizan (0-2). Mornar Bar managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Wednesday evening. Derek Needham notched 15 points and 7 assists to lead the effort. Even 20 points and 4 assists by Patrick Miller did not help to save the game for Partizan. Partizan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mornar Bar will meet Mega Bemax (#4) in the next round. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd FMP.
The game between Serbian FMP (1-1) and FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (1-1) in Beograd ended with biggest points difference. FMP outscored guests from Skopje 100-72. The best player for the winners was Aleksa Radanov who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. FMP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.

In the last two games of round 2 Olimpija was beaten by Cibona on the road 96-85. Winless Zadar lost to Croatian defending champion Cedevita on its own court 76-92.

Igokea - Buducnost 98-94

The most surprising game was a loss of Montenegrin Buducnost (1-1) in Aleksandrovac on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Bosnian Igokea (1-1) 98-94. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Igokea made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Buducnost helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Dorell Wright (206-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Bosnian point guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) replied with 25 points and 5 assists and American guard Kyle Gibson (196-87, college: Louisiana Tech, agency: BeoBasket) added 22 points in the effort for Buducnost. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Igokea is looking forward to face Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Buducnost will play at home against Cibona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: D.Wright 22+6reb+1ast, V.Radivojevic 18+3reb+3ast, M.Ljubicic 15+3reb+3ast, R.Rikic 13+2reb, D.Washington 11+2reb+2ast, D.Milosevic 9+5reb+6ast
Buducnost: N.Gordic 25+3reb+5ast, K.Gibson 22, N.Ivanovic 14+2reb+2ast, F.Barovic 10+6reb+3ast, K.Landry 8+4reb+2ast, A.Ilic 4+8reb
gschID: 582607


Cibona - Olimpija 96-85

There was a surprise result when Croatian Cibona (1-1) beat Slovenian Olimpija (1-1) in Zagreb 96-85. It looked good early as Olimpija took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cibona had a 24-16 second period charge getting the lead and Olimpija was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-96. Cibona players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Olimpija's players. The best player for the winners was center Luka Zoric (211-84) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Cleveland Melvin (203-91, college: De Paul) chipped in 18 points. Cibona's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jordan Morgan (203-91, college: Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and Gregor Hrovat (196-94) added 17 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. Five Cibona and four Olimpija players scored in double figures. Cibona's next round opponent will be Buducnost (#8) in Podgorica where they are favorite. Olimpija will play at home against Crvena Zvezda (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: M.Tomas 18+3reb+3ast, L.Zoric 18+5reb+1ast, C.Melvin 18+4reb+2ast, J.Bilinovac 12+4reb+6ast, M.Rozic 11+6reb+5ast, L.Hall 6+1reb+3ast
Olimpija: J.Morgan 26+12reb+1ast, G.Hrovat 17+6reb+1ast, E.Kastrati 11+2reb+1ast, D.Oliver 10+11reb+1ast, T.Battle 10+2reb+2ast, J.Span 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 582606


Crvena Zvezda - Mega Bemax 90-80

An interesting game for Crvena Zvezda (2-0) which hosted in Beograd Mega Bemax (1-1). Crvena Zvezda managed to get a 10-point victory 90-80. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Mega Bemax was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda forced 20 Mega Bemax turnovers. Mega Bemax was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) scored 26 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican-American James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Canadian-Jamaican point guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, college: Oregon) responded with 21 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and point guard Nikola Rebic (188-95, agency: BeoBasket) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crvena Zvezda will play against Olimpija (#9) in Ljubljana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mega Bemax will play at home against Mornar Bar (#7) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: T.Rochestie 26+2reb+6ast, J.Feldeine 21+5reb+2ast, M.Bjelica 10+8reb+1ast, P.Antic 10+1ast, N.Dangubic 9+3reb+2ast, N.Jovanovic 6+4reb
Mega Bemax: D.Ennis 21+3reb+7ast, G.Bitadze 19+6reb+1ast, N.Rebic 19+5reb+6ast, S.Fundic 9+7reb+3ast, S.Sinovec 4+1reb, V.Cancar 4+1reb
gschID: 582605


Zadar - Cedevita 76-92

Very expected game when KK Zadar (0-2) lost at home to Cedevita (2-0) 92-76. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. KK Zadar was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cedevita shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 54.8 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Will Cherry (185-91, college: Montana) who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. The other American import forward Demetris Nichols (202-84, college: Syracuse) chipped in 17 points. Cedevita's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Preston Knowles (187-89, college: Louisville) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and Ive Ivanov (200-85, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Five Cedevita and four KK Zadar players scored in double figures. Cedevita's next round opponent will be Igokea (#6) in Aleksandrovac where they are favorite. KK Zadar will play on the road against MZT Skopje (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Nichols 17+3reb+1ast, K.Murphy 17+1reb, W.Cherry 17+7reb+8ast, D.Musa 12+3reb+1ast, A.Stipanovic 10+6reb, F.Kruslin 9+3reb+3ast
Zadar: I.Ivanov 19+2reb, L.Bozic 14+5reb, P.Knowles 14+8reb+2ast, M.Brzoja 11+3reb+1ast, F.Kraljevic 8+3reb+2ast, S.Spralja 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 582604


Mornar Bar - Partizan NIS 83-81

A very close game took place in Bar between Montenegrin Mornar Bar and Serbian Partizan. Mornar Bar (1-1) got a very close home victory over Partizan (0-2). Mornar Bar managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Wednesday evening. Partizan trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 24-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 81-83 at the end of the game. American-Montenegrin point guard Derek Needham (180-90, college: Fairfield) notched 15 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and Serbian center Uros Lukovic (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Mornar Bar players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 4 assists by American point guard Patrick Miller (185-92, college: Tennessee St.) did not help to save the game for Partizan. Forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Partizan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mornar Bar will meet Mega Bemax (#4) in the next round. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd FMP.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: B.Raley-Ross 18+1ast, D.Needham 15+2reb+7ast, U.Lukovic 13+7reb, N.Vranjes 12+4reb+1ast, S.Micovic 12+3reb, M.Mugosa 5+2reb
Partizan NIS: P.Miller 20+2reb+4ast, V.Marinkovic 11+3reb, M.Cakarevic 10+4reb+1ast, N.Williams-Goss 9+2reb+2ast, D.Salic 8+1reb+1ast, N.Velickovic 8+7reb+3ast
gschID: 582603


FMP - MZT Skopje 100-72

The game between Serbian FMP (1-1) and FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (1-1) in Beograd ended with biggest points difference. FMP outscored guests from Skopje 100-72. It looked good early as MZT Skopje took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then FMP had a 26-18 second period charge getting the lead and MZT Skopje was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-100. FMP dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to MZT Skopje's 32. They outrebounded MZT Skopje 39-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. FMP players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Aleksa Radanov (202-98) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Filip Covic (178-89) chipped in 9 points and 12 assists. American point guard Eric Garcia (183-94, college: Wofford) produced 16 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Brett Bailey (200-94, college: San Diego) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. FMP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
Top scorers:
FMP: A.Bursac 17+3reb+2ast, N.Nenadic 16+5reb, A.Radanov 15+7reb+3ast, M.Ojo 14+6reb, M.Radovanovic 11+3reb, F.Covic 9+3reb+12ast
MZT Skopje: E.Garcia 16+2reb+4ast, B.Bailey 13+3reb+2ast, J.Lalic 12+4reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 10+5reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 7+2reb+2ast, D.Jansen 7+6reb
gschID: 582602





Morgan's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Jordan Morgan (203-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Olimpija and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team lost the game against Cibona (1-1) 85-96. Olimpija moved-up to the 9th position in ABA League. Olimpija is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 1st lost game this season out of 2 games. Morgan turned to be Olimpija's top player in his first season with the team. University of Michigan graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morgan is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 11.5rpg. Morgan is in league's top in and averages solid 69.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dylan Ennis (187-PG-91) of Mega Bemax. He is Canadian-Jamaican guard in his first season at Mega Bemax. In the last game Ennis recorded impressive 21 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Mega Bemax lost that game 80-90 to Crvena Zvezda (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Ennis is a newcomer at Mega Bemax and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#4). He also recorded 6.0 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Patrick Miller (185-PG-92) of Partizan NIS (#12). Miller scored 20 points and passed four assists. Despite Miller's great performance Partizan NIS lost 81-83 to Mornar Bar (#7, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Partizan NIS can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Miller has a very solid season. In 2 games in ABA League he scored 16.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nemanja Gordic (193-PG-88) of Buducnost - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Will Cherry (185-PG-91) of Cedevita - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Uros Lukovic (213-C-89) of Mornar Bar - 13 points and 7 rebounds
7. James Feldeine (193-SG-88) of Crvena Zvezda - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Luka Zoric (211-C-84) of Cibona - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Crvena Zvezda - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Nikola Rebic (188-PG-95) of Mega Bemax - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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  ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT  


2017-18 Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Qualifier hosts, participants announced - by Eurobasket News

Euroleague Basketball is excited to confirm the 32 teams who will compete to be crowned European U18 club champions, as well as the 2017-18 Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Qualifier hosts. FC Bayern Munich will be one of those qualifier hosts, marking the first time that Germany will see that early phase of the tournament take place on its territory. In addition to Munich, the traditional cities of L'Hospitalet, Kaunas and Belgrade will hold qualifiers whose winners qualify automatically to the Finals next May in the Serbian capital, during the 2018 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four! A total of 32 different U18 teams will participate across the four qualifiers, with each city seeing eight teams divided into two groups of four during the first two days, followed by first-, third-, fifth- and seventh-place games on the last day. The Munich qualifier will take place in the historic Audi Dome, the host venue for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games basketball events, and since 2011 the home of FC Bayern Munich. The arena has seen Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, 7DAYS EuroCup and easyCredit BBL games, and next February will also be able to witness Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT games.
The first qualifier, in L'Hospitalet, Spain from January 5 to 7, 2018, will feature 2016 champion FC Barcelona Lassa, 2013 champion Divina Seguros Joventut Badalona as well as ASVEL Villeurbanne, Herbalife Gran Canaria, Promitheas Patras, Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet, Unicaja Malaga and Virtus Bologna.
The second qualifier, in Kaunas, Lithuania from January 19 to 21, will feature three-time continental champion CSKA Moscow, two-time champion Zalgiris Kaunas, two-time champion CFBB Paris, and 2012 champion Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, as well as Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul, Khimki Moscow Region, Stellazzurra Rome and VEF Riga.
The third qualifier, in Munich, Germany from February 9 to 11, will feature 2015 champion Real Madrid as well as ALBA Berlin, Brose Bamberg, Darusafaka Istanbul, FC Bayern Munich, Olympiacos Piraeus, ratiopharm Ulm and Real Betis Energia Plus Seville.
And the fourth and final qualifier, in Belgrade, Serbia from February 23 to 25, will feature 2014 champion Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade as well as Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Cibona Zagreb, GBA Prague, Mega Bemax Belgrade, Partizan NIS Belgrade, Spars Sarajevo and Umana Reyer Venice.
The Finals will be held in parallel with the 2017-18 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Belgrade from May 17 to 20, 2018. Going into its 16th edition, the alumni of the Euroleague Basketball U18 Tournament are a who's who of EuroLeague stars including Thomas Heurtel (189-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) (FC Barcelona Lassa), Luka Doncic (201-G-99) (Real Madrid), Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Players Group) (AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan), Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) (Olympiacos Piraeus) and Luigi Datome (203-F-87) (Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul), among many others.
Courtesy of: adidasngt.com



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  San M.
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Keenan, San M.20.7 
 2. Sims, Atenas19.8 
 3. Davis, Instituto19.7 
 4. Fjellerup, Weber B.19.7 
 5. Moore, Comunica.19.7 
 6. Johnson, GECR I.19.5 
 7. Tucker, San Lorenzo19.0 
 8. Kemp, Obras Basket19.0 
 9. Johnson, Weber B.18.7 
 10. Zanzottera, Obras B.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ricardo GLENN
  Penarol
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Glenn, Penarol13.7 
 2. Clancy, Instituto11.0 
 3. Williams, Olimpico.10.3 
 4. Crawford, La Union10.0 
 5. Johnson, Weber B.9.7 
 6. Fierro, Boca Jrs9.3 
 7. Espinoza, Salta B.9.2 
 8. Famous, GECR I.8.8 
 9. Basualdo, Quilm.8.4 
 10. Francis, Quimsa8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril8.3 
 2. Figueroa, Comunica.7.7 
 3. Barrera, GECR I.7.5 
 4. Gerbaudo, Salta B.7.4 
 5. Aguirre, San L.7.0 
 6. Barral, Obras B.6.5 
 7. Ciorciari, Hispano .5.5 
 8. Vidal, Regatas C.5.3 
 9. Ferreyra, Quilm.5.2 
 10. Parodi, Weber B.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Garcia, San M.2.7 
 2. Boccia, Boca Jrs2.7 
 3. Johnson, GECR I.2.5 
 4. Goldenberg, Salta B.2.4 
 5. Slider, Penarol2.3 
 6. Vildoza, San L.2.3 
 7. Fjellerup, Weber B.2.3 
 8. Garcia, Argentino2.3 
 9. Elsener, La Union2.3 
 10. Espinoza, Salta B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Olimpico.2.7 
 2. Acuna, Quimsa2.0 
 3. Francis, Quimsa1.7 
 4. Crawford, La Union1.7 
 5. Kent, Argentino1.7 
 6. Meyinsse, Atenas1.5 
 7. Giorgetti, GECR I.1.3 
 8. Bortolin, Argentino1.3 
 9. Cosolito, Olimpico.1.0 
 10. Basualdo, Quilm.1.0 



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  AUSTRALIA  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 23
 1. Ware, United23.0 
 2. Sobey, 36ers21.0 
 3. Prather, United20.0 
 4. Drmic, 36ers17.0 
 5. Creek, 36ers15.0 
 6. Shorter, 36ers14.0 
 7. Johnson, 36ers13.0 
 8. Moore, 36ers10.0 
 9. Andersen, United10.0 
 10. Boone, United10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh BOONE
  United
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Boone, United9.0 
 2. Sobey, 36ers9.0 
 3. Ware, United8.0 
 4. Andersen, United7.0 
 5. Hodgson, 36ers6.0 
 6. Majok, United6.0 
 7. Prather, United6.0 
 8. Johnson, 36ers5.0 
 9. Drmic, 36ers5.0 
 10. Barlow, United5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ware, United6.0 
 2. Shorter, 36ers5.0 
 3. Prather, United4.0 
 4. Andersen, United4.0 
 5. Sobey, 36ers3.0 
 6. Creek, 36ers3.0 
 7. Wesley, United2.0 
 8. Johnson, 36ers2.0 
 9. Majok, United1.0 
 10. Teys, 36ers1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mitch CREEK
  36ers
  (195-F/G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Creek, 36ers3.0 
 2. Wesley, United2.0 
 3. Shorter, 36ers2.0 
 4. Drmic, 36ers1.0 
 5. Prather, United1.0 
 6. Deng, 36ers0.0 
 7. Andersen, United0.0 
 8. Adnam, United0.0 
 9. Johnson, 36ers0.0 
 10. Moore, 36ers0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matt HODGSON
  36ers
  (211-C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hodgson, 36ers2.0 
 2. Wesley, United2.0 
 3. Prather, United1.0 
 4. Shorter, 36ers1.0 
 5. Sobey, 36ers1.0 
 6. Johnson, 36ers1.0 
 7. Deng, 36ers1.0 
 8. Creek, 36ers1.0 
 9. Andersen, United0.0 
 10. Moller, United0.0 


Bullets sign Magnay just out of college - by Hugh McAuliffe

Brisbane Bullets (NBL) signed Australian forward Will Magnay (208-107kg). He just graduated from Tulsa (NCAA).
As mentioned above Magnay is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jerry Evans joins Taipans - by Hugh McAuliffe

Cairns Taipans (NBL) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Jerry Evans (203-95kg-90, college: Nevada). He played last summer at Sandringham Sabres (SEABL-East). In 19 games he had very impressive stats: 21.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.9spg and 1.1bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Evans won NBA Pro Summer League in Utah championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 3rd Team in 2015.
Evans has played also professionally in Greece (Lavrio), Poland (AZS Koszalin) and Cyprus (Apoel).
He attended University of Nevada until 2014 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BARBADOS  


Warriors and Police advance - by Eurobasket News

Hilton Barbados Warriors and Police are moving on. The two clubs advanced to the semi-final round of the play-offs after winning a pair of decisive Game 3s of the Division 1 basketball second-round series on Monday night in Clapham. Former national forward Corey McDonald dropped 18 points and one-time Premier League teammate Nicky King added 15 to lead Warriors to a series-clinching 60-49 victory over Vyb Patriots. Warriors held their opponents to just five first-quarter points en route to an early 17-point lead before going up by as many as 20 points.
Courtesy of: nationnews.com



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


PAOK Thessaloniki signs Dimitrios Katsivelis - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) signed 26-year old Greek ex-international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91). He played last season at BK Astana in Kazakhstan National League. In 7 games he had 9.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.4apg and 2.6spg. Katsivelis helped them to win the league title (twice). He also played 23 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season Katsivelis played at AEK Athens. In 30 A1 games he averaged 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Katsivelis also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 3.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Katsivelis played for Greek Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2009.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 15.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 64.7%.
Katsivelis has played previously for two other Greek teams: Olympiacos and Mantoulidis.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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PAOK added Katsivelis to their roster - by Giorgos Diploidis

PAOK Thessaloniki and Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-G-91) came to a deal for the next month and if the two sides will be satisfied the contract will be extended until the end of the season 2017-2018.

The team of Thessaloniki didn't make it against Aris in the knockout game of the quarter finals of the Greek cup so they decided to become even stronger in the guard position.

PAOK Thessaloniki also has to face the injury problems of Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89, college: Dayton), Antonios Koniaris (196-PG-97), Lucky Jones (198-G-93, college: Robert Morris), Vasileios Charalampopoulos (205-SF-97) so Dimitrios Katsivelis will give another one choise to coach Ilias Papatheodorou for the next games in the Basket League and in The Champions League.




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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kangoeroes
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. McNeaill, Kangoeroes24.0 
 2. Bojovic, Liege19.5 
 3. Demps, Mons-Hai.19.0 
 4. Larson, Liege18.5 
 5. Desiron, Limburg .18.0 
 6. Clark, Antwerp18.0 
 7. Unruh, Limburg .17.0 
 8. Zabas, Leuven17.0 
 9. Gibbs, Spirou16.0 
 10. Badji, Kangoeroes16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan HEATH
  Limburg .
  (208-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11
 1. Heath, Limburg .11.0 
 2. Tiby, Mons-Hainaut10.5 
 3. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.10.0 
 4. Vanwijn, Antwerp10.0 
 5. Amis, Aalstar9.5 
 6. Simmons, Brussels9.0 
 7. Peterson, Brussels8.5 
 8. Gorgemans, Spirou8.0 
 9. Mwema, Oostende7.5 
 10. Badji, Kangoeroes7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Joe RAHON
  Limburg .
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Rahon, Limburg .7.0 
 2. Tuttle, Spirou7.0 
 3. Larson, Liege6.5 
 4. Monaghan, Limburg .6.0 
 5. Thomas, Spirou5.0 
 6. Clark, Antwerp5.0 
 7. Lasisi, Mons-Hainaut5.0 
 8. Mukubu, Limburg .5.0 
 9. Jones, Mons-Hai.5.0 
 10. Loubry, Brussels4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Scott THOMAS
  Spirou
  (198-SF-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, Spirou3.0 
 2. Tuttle, Spirou3.0 
 3. McNeaill, Kangoeroes3.0 
 4. Gibbs, Spirou3.0 
 5. Myers, Oostende2.5 
 6. Bojovic, Liege2.0 
 7. Clark, Antwerp2.0 
 8. Dudzinski, Antwerp2.0 
 9. Cheatham-Jr, Kango.2.0 
 10. El-Khounchar, Kangoero.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ismael BAKO
  Antwerp
  (208-C-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bako, Antwerp2.0 
 2. Simmons, Brussels1.5 
 3. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 4. Tuttle, Spirou1.0 
 5. Dudzinski, Antwerp1.0 
 6. Reddic, Mons-Hai.1.0 
 7. Grant, Spirou1.0 
 8. Vanwijn, Antwerp1.0 
 9. Heath, Limburg .1.0 
 10. Lee, Antwerp1.0 



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  BRAZIL  

Carioca Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darnell ARTIS
  America
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Artis, America18.4 
 2. Anthony, Bauru17.5 
 3. Cook, L.Sorocaba17.1 
 4. Fuller, Paulistano14.4 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba14.4 
 6. Ferreira, Franca14.1 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi13.4 
 8. Dos-Santos, Pauli.13.0 
 9. Bennett, Pinheiros12.9 
 10. Taylor, Mogi12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru7.5 
 2. Drudi, Osasco B.7.0 
 3. Toledo, Pinheiros6.7 
 4. Rodrigues, L.Sor.6.6 
 5. Viana, America6.2 
 6. Galvanini, Bauru6.1 
 7. Sommer, Paulistano6.0 
 8. Silveira, Mogi5.8 
 9. de-Souza, Franca5.7 
 10. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Elio CORAZZA
  Paulistano
  (193-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Corazza, Paulistano6.4 
 2. Dos-Santos, Pauli.5.8 
 3. Ruivo, Pinheiros5.1 
 4. Lersch, Mogi4.8 
 5. Garcia, Bauru4.3 
 6. Anthony, Bauru4.3 
 7. Brite, L.Sorocaba4.2 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi3.9 
 9. Artis, America3.8 
 10. Coelho, Franca3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gabriel ANDRADE
  America
  (185-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Andrade, America2.3 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.9 
 3. Knight, America1.9 
 4. Toledo, Pinheiros1.9 
 5. Brite, L.Sorocaba1.9 
 6. Artis, America1.6 
 7. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.5 
 8. Rosa, America1.5 
 9. Cook, L.Sorocaba1.4 
 10. Coelho, Franca1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael UCHENDU
  Bauru
  (206-F/C-98)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Uchendu, Bauru1.5 
 2. Bernardi, Pinheiros1.1 
 3. Hubner, Paulistano1.1 
 4. Lenz, Bauru1.0 
 5. Gruber, Franca0.9 
 6. Demetrio, Franca0.8 
 7. Sena, Mogi0.8 
 8. Curnell, Mogi0.8 
 9. Sommer, Paulistano0.7 
 10. Pereira, Pinheiros0.7 


Andrade's 16 points and 8 rebounds give him Paulista Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

34-year old power forward Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Franca and receives a Latinbasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 16 points adding eight rebounds for Franca in his team's victory, helping them to crush America (#7, 3-11) with 23-point margin 93-70. Franca was forced-out from the top positions in Brazilian Paulista. They are still close to the very top. Franca would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-2 record. In the team's last game Andrade had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jefferson Andrade averages this season 10.8ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Darnell Artis (175-PG) of America. He is American guard in his first season at America. In the last game Artis recorded impressive 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as America lost that game 70-93 to the higher-ranked Franca (#2, 12-2). America managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories America managed to get this year. Artis is a newcomer at America and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.4ppg (#1). He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-SF-87) of league's leader Paulistano. Luz dos Santos scored 16 points. He was a key player of Paulistano, leading his team to a 88-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Osasco B. (#8, 1-13). Paulistano confirms their top position in the standings. Luz dos Santos has a very solid season. In 13 games in Brazil he scored 10.2ppg. He also has 4.1rpg and FGP: 60.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Ware (203-C-89) of Pinheiros - 13 points and 7 rebounds
6. Cunha Murilo (178-PG-96) of Osasco B. - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Joao Pedro Demetrio (208-F/C-95) of Franca - 7 points and 6 rebounds
8. Henrique Coelho (183-PG-93) of Franca - 8 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90) of Pinheiros - 11 points and 4 rebounds
10. Vithor Da Silva) of Mogi - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Campo Mourao tabs Lucas Avelino - by Paulo Freire

Campo Mourao (NBB) inked 27-year old guard Lucas Avelino (190-90) from Macae Basquete.
The previous (2016) summer Avelino played at Ginastico (Liga Ouro) where in 9 games he averaged 5.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg in 2016 season.
He won Paulista League championship title in 2013.
Avelino represented Brazil at the South American Championships U17 in Guanare (Venezuela) ten years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 5 games: 5.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2.0spg.
Avelino has played previously for six other teams: Palmeiras, Paschoalotto/Bauru, Pinheiros, Paulistano, Liga Sorocaba and Vitoria.
His game is described as: Has a great body, he's long and lanky, strong and has great wingspan, he seems to be more a SG than a combo guard with good skills and athletic conditions. A decent shooter who is extremely fast and aggressive when he wants to be. Loves to create fast breaks situations. A good defender using his excellent wingspan for steals. Needs to understand the game better to play PG and seems to be lazy on the court sometimes, but has huge upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Chris Johnson agreed terms with the Storm - by Greg

Island Storm (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Canadian swingman Chris Johnson (196-93kg-88, college: St.Bonaventure). He played most recently at Illiabum in Portuguese LPB league. In 24 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at River Lions where in 11 NBL Canada games he averaged 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg.
Johnson has played previously professionally in Germany (SG Schwelmer Baskets) and United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks).
He attended St.Bonaventure University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marousi tabs rookie Nic Maniatis in his first year in pro basketball - by Chris Mammides

A2 newcomer GS Marousi inked Canadian guard Nic Maniatis (193). Maniatis just graduated from Vancouver Island University. He helped them to win PacWest Tournament and end the regular season at the top position.
So his pro career will start in Greece.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marousi signs Maniatis just out of college - by Chris Mammides

GS Marousi (A2) signed Greek Canadian forward Nicoloas Maniatis (193-88kg). just graduated from Concordia. Maniatis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
As mentioned above he is just out of college, so it will be Maniatis' first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  


Chris Paul helps Rockets rout Shanghai Sharks - by Eurobasket News

Chris Paul is quickly getting adjusted to the up-tempo, high-volume offense under Mike D'Antoni's Houston Rockets. Paul had 11 points, 12 assists and four steals to lead the Rockets to a 144-82 exhibition victory over the Shanghai Sharks on Thursday night. "Knowing everybody wants the same thing and you're rooting for each other," Paul said. "It's cool - equal opportunity." Paul, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, played 26 minutes and rested the fourth quarter as the Rockets cruised to victory over the overmatched Chinese team. Paul said D'Antoni drew up a play on Thursday night where he was coming off a screen to catch and shoot. He said he couldn't remember the last time that happened. "That stuff is fun - I've always enjoyed that part of the game," Paul said. "The way we play, we don't need a called play because there's a lot of unselfishness in the ball movement." Trevor Ariza led Houston with 18 points, and James Harden had nine points, 10 assists and two blocks. Eric Gordon had 17 points, and Clint Capela had 16 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes. Houston jumped to a 43-16 lead after the first quarter, making its first seven shots and 13 of 29 3-point attempts in the first half. The Rockets shot 42.3 percent from beyond the arc overall. "This is a big week coming up for us - we've got to turn it on a little bit," D'Antoni said. "We'll learn a lot about where we are by the end of next week. Hopefully, we're in a good spot because right around the corner is Golden State." Houston opens the regular season at Golden State to face the defending champs. Rockets 21-year-old Chinese rookie Zhou Qi scored eight points, including a thunderous dunk, in 12 minutes. The 7-foot-1, 210-pound center played last season for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association after the Rockets drafted him with the 43rd overall pick in 2016. Josh Akognon led Shanghai with 27 points, and Nick Minnerath had 22. Shanghai shooting guard Jimmer Fredette watched the game from the bench with a knee injury. Fredette, who was named the regular-season international MVP last year while averaging 37.6 points, agreed to a new deal with Shanghai in July.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 1st Team 2017
Russ Smith
Smith
Josh-Emmanuel Akognon
Akognon
Kevin Murphy
Murphy
Troy Gillenwater
Gillenwater
Isaiah Austin
Austin

Finals MVP: Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) of Shaanxi W.
Player of the Year: Russ Smith (183-PG-91) of Luoyang
Guard of the Year: Russ Smith (183-PG-91) of Luoyang
Forward of the Year: Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) of Shaanxi W.
Center of the Year: Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Guangxi
Import Player of the Year: Russ Smith (183-PG-91) of Luoyang
Domestic Player of the Year: MingHao Li (200-F-92) of Guizhou
Defensive Player of the Year: Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Guangxi

1st Team
PG: Russ Smith (183-PG-91) of Luoyang
PG: Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-PG-86) of Henan
G: Kevin Murphy (197-G-90) of Guangxi
F: Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) of Shaanxi W.
C: Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Guangxi

2nd Team
F: Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Shaanxi W.
PG: Mark Lyons (185-PG-89) of Guizhou
F: MingHao Li (200-F-92) of Guizhou
PF: Chris Johnson (210-PF-85) of Anhui
C: Michael Holyfield (211-C-92) of Beijing

Honorable Mention
Chris Otule (211-C-90) of Henan
Yan Gao (190-G-93) of Shaanxi W.
Von Wafer (196-G-85) of Shaanxi W.
James Mays (206-F/C-86) of Guizhou
Arinze Onuaku (206-C/F-87) of Hunan
Vladyslav Koreniuk (210-C-94) of Chongqing
Xin Wang of Chongqing
DangJian Han (208-C-88) of Lhasa
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87) of Fujian
Ater Majok (208-C-87) of Luoyang
Yunan Liu (205-F/C-94) of Beijing
Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of Hebei X.
MingYang Gao (196-F-88) of Jiangsu L.
Xin Wang of Chongqing

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Yuxing Jiang (195-G-95) of Henan
F: Wenhan Qiao (195-F-91) of Luoyang
F: MingYang Gao (196-F-88) of Jiangsu L.
F: MingHao Li (200-F-92) of Guizhou
C: DangJian Han (208-C-88) of Lhasa
PG: Tujun Shen (185-PG-92) of Dongbu

All-Imports Team
PG: Russ Smith (183-PG-91) of Luoyang
PG: Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-PG-86) of Henan
G: Kevin Murphy (197-G-90) of Guangxi
F: Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) of Shaanxi W.
C: Isaiah Austin (216-C-93) of Guangxi



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 QJ PETERSON
  USK Praha
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 22
 1. Peterson, USK Praha22.0 
 2. Robinson, Usti n.22.0 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.21.0 
 4. Sirina, BK Opava20.0 
 5. Kerr, Svitavy19.0 
 6. Bernardi, NH Os.18.0 
 7. Diggs, CEZ Nymburk18.0 
 8. Singletary, Usti n.18.0 
 9. Mickelson, CEZ N.17.0 
 10. Tomanec, MMCITE B.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris TAWIAH
  J.Hradec
  (207-C-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Tawiah, J.Hradec12.0 
 2. Kerr, Svitavy11.0 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.10.0 
 4. Madsen, USK Praha10.0 
 5. Houska, BK Decin10.0 
 6. Skinner, BK Kolin9.0 
 7. Stojacic, NH Os.8.0 
 8. Tomanec, MMCITE B.7.0 
 9. Bohacik, NH Ostrava7.0 
 10. Pajovic, BK Kolin7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  BK Opava
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sirina, BK Opava11.0 
 2. Stanojevic, NH Os.7.0 
 3. Ray, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 4. Necas, BK Pardubice5.0 
 5. Singletary, Usti n.5.0 
 6. Kozina, MMCITE B.5.0 
 7. Siska, BK Decin5.0 
 8. Burnett, BK Pardu.5.0 
 9. Marko, Svitavy5.0 
 10. Roseboro, Svitavy5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jakub SIRINA
  BK Opava
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Sirina, BK Opava6.0 
 2. Pecka, Usti n.5.0 
 3. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.0 
 4. Burnett, BK Pardu.4.0 
 5. Ciz, BK Kolin3.0 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava3.0 
 7. Kvapil, BK Opava2.0 
 8. Roseboro, Svitavy2.0 
 9. Jurecka, BK Opava2.0 
 10. Treadwell, Usti n.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexander MADSEN
  USK Praha
  (208-F/C-95)
  Avg: 6
 1. Madsen, USK Praha6.0 
 2. Mickelson, CEZ N.2.0 
 3. Jelinek, Svitavy2.0 
 4. Houska, BK Decin2.0 
 5. Safarcik, BK Kolin1.0 
 6. Tomanec, MMCITE B.1.0 
 7. Woods, NH Ostrava1.0 
 8. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.0 
 9. Zuzak, J.Hradec1.0 
 10. Shoutvin, NH Os.1.0 


NBL Round 1: BK Decin takes a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just started. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

BK Decin edged Basketbal Svitavy at home 83-81. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Basketbal Svitavy will play next round against strong CEZ Nymburk trying to get back on the winning streak. BK Decin will try to continue on its current victory against USK Praha on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BK Olomoucko (0-1) on the court of USK Praha. Visitors were defeated by USK Praha 83-67. American point guard QJ Peterson (183-94, college: VMI) nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Michal Mares accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Charles Mitchell (203-93, college: Georgia Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for BK Olomoucko in the defeat. BK Olomoucko's coach Predrag Benacek rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. USK Praha will play against BK Decin at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Olomoucko will play against BK Kolin (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Brno between MMCITE Brno and BK Kolin. MMCITE Brno (1-0) got a very close home victory over BK Kolin (0-1). MMCITE Brno managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 on Monday evening. Jan Tomanec fired 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Adam Ciz produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. BK Kolin's coach Pavel Benes tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MMCITE Brno will meet BK Usti nad Labem (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BK Kolin will play against BK Olomoucko (#8) in Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Pardubice. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of BK Usti nad Labem (0-1) to BK Pardubice (1-0) 84-81 on Thursday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominez Burnett who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Pardubice will have a break next round. BK Usti nad Labem will play at home against MMCITE Brno (#5) and hope to win that game.
BK Opava (1-0) crushed at home BK Lions Hradec (0-1) by 34 points 107-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Jakub Sirina stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 assists and 6 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Opava will face NH Ostrava (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

In the last game of round 1 winless NH Ostrava lost to undefeated CEZ Nymburk on the opponent's court 77-106.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points by Hunter Mickelson of CEZ Nymburk.

USK Praha - BK Olomoucko 83-67

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BK Olomoucko (0-1) on the court of USK Praha. Visitors were defeated by USK Praha 83-67. American point guard QJ Peterson (183-94, college: VMI) nailed 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and international swingman Michal Mares (193-92) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. American forward Charles Mitchell (203-93, college: Georgia Tech) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Serbian Filip Sepa (198-90) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for BK Olomoucko in the defeat. BK Olomoucko's coach Predrag Benacek rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. USK Praha will play against BK Decin at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Olomoucko will play against BK Kolin (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: Q.Peterson 22+6reb+2ast, M.Mares 16+5reb+4ast, J.Tuma 15+3reb+2ast, A.Madsen 12+10reb, J.Krivanek 12+3reb+2ast, F.Petruzela 4+1ast
BK Olomoucko: C.Mitchell 22+12reb, F.Sepa 15+5reb+4ast, J.Fuller 10+3reb+4ast, M.Sehnal 9+1reb+2ast, M.Nabelek 5+1reb+2ast, J.Mocnik 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 554395


BK Pardubice - Usti n/Labem 84-81

A very interesting game took place in Pardubice. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of BK Usti nad Labem (0-1) to BK Pardubice (1-0) 84-81 on Thursday evening. BK Pardubice players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by BK Usti nad Labem's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Slovakian Dusan Pandula (197-84) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Donald Robinson (193-89, college: W.Virginia Tech) answered with 22 points and the other American import point guard Evan Singletary (185-94, college: Albany) added 18 points and 5 assists in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. Four BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Pardubice will have a break next round. BK Usti nad Labem will play at home against MMCITE Brno (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 21+5reb+5ast, D.Pandula 13+5reb+4ast, K.Svrdlik 12+2reb, S.Martin 9+6reb, O.Kohout 8+5reb+2ast, V.Pulpan 7+3reb+2ast
Usti n/Labem: D.Robinson 22+4reb, E.Singletary 18+2reb+5ast, L.Pecka 13+10reb+1ast, S.Svejcar 11+2reb, J.Treadwell 6+2reb, J.Wolfram 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 554394


MMCITE Brno - BK Kolin 64-61

A very close game took place in Brno between MMCITE Brno and BK Kolin. MMCITE Brno (1-0) got a very close home victory over BK Kolin (0-1). MMCITE Brno managed to escape with a 3-point win 64-61 on Monday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 23-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely BK Kolin outrebounded MMCITE Brno 34-14 including a 27-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Center Jan Tomanec (205-85, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Jan Kozina (181-95) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. Point guard Adam Ciz (192-91) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin center Milos Pajovic (205-94) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. BK Kolin's coach Pavel Benes tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MMCITE Brno will meet BK Usti nad Labem (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BK Kolin will play against BK Olomoucko (#8) in Prostejov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MMCITE Brno: M.Jedovnicky 17+7reb+1ast, K.Jan 11+5ast, P.Radek 4+4reb+3ast, J.Michal 3+1reb, H.Marian 0+2reb+1ast,
BK Kolin: M.Pajovic 13+7reb, P.Safarcik 8+5reb, L.Skinner 8+9reb+2ast, P.Dokoupil 6+1reb, B.Bakic 6+1ast
gschID: 554391


BK Opava - J.Hradec 107-73

BK Opava (1-0) crushed at home BK Lions Hradec (0-1) by 34 points 107-73, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. BK Opava shot 60.3 percent from the field. They also forced 27 BK Lions Hradec turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The former international point guard Jakub Sirina (186-87, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 assists and 6 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and center Martin Gniadek (203-90) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) responded with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and British center Chris Tawiah (207-93, college: Wiley) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Five BK Opava and four BK Lions Hradec players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BK Opava will face NH Ostrava (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
BK Opava: J.Sirina 20+4reb+11ast, L.Jurecka 12+3reb+2ast, R.Klecka 11+2reb+3ast, V.Bujnoch 11+6reb, M.Gniadek 11+4reb+4ast, M.Kvapil 10+2reb
J.Hradec: L.Stegbauer 16+6reb+4ast, C.Jones 16+5reb+2ast, C.Tawiah 12+12reb+2ast, D.Lawhorn 10+3reb+2ast, M.Basta 6+2reb+1ast, D.Fait 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 554393


CEZ Nymburk - NH Ostrava 106-77

CEZ Nymburk used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Ostrava 106-77 on Wednesday night. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to NH Ostrava's 38. CEZ Nymburk forced 19 NH Ostrava turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by NH Ostrava's players. American swingman Quincy Diggs (198-90, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas, agency: 3Eye) chipped in 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). CEZ Nymburk's coach Ronen Ginzburg felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (183-86, college: E.Washington, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 16 points and 7 assists and Serbian Strahinja Stojacic (197-92) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. CEZ Nymburk will face Basketbal Svitavy (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NH Ostrava will play against BK Opava (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: Q.Diggs 18+5reb+2ast, H.Mickelson 17+3reb+1ast, B.Barac 16+2reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 11+2reb+3ast, K.Ray 11+2reb+6ast, P.Benda 8+4reb+1ast
NH Ostrava: B.Bernardi 18+3reb, M.Stanojevic 16+2reb+7ast, S.Stojacic 13+8reb+3ast, R.Woods 12+4reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 9+7reb+1ast, A.Shoutvin 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 554396


BK Decin - Svitavy 83-81

BK Decin edged Basketbal Svitavy at home 83-81. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Brett Roseboro (208-91, college: UMBC, agency: Inception Sports) scored 17 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy will play next round against strong CEZ Nymburk trying to get back on the winning streak. BK Decin will try to continue on its current victory against USK Praha on the road.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 17+10reb+3ast, T.Pomikalek 13+2reb+2ast, O.Siska 13+3reb+5ast, J.Krakovic 10+1reb+1ast, F.Halada 7+1reb+1ast, L.Festr 6+2ast
Svitavy: G.Kerr 19+11reb+3ast, B.Roseboro 17+3reb+5ast, P.Slezak 14+3ast, B.Smithson 13+2ast, J.Jelinek 8+4reb+2ast, L.Stria 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 554392





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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Matt BONDS
  Horsholm
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Bonds, Horsholm24.5 
 2. Sabin, Horsholm22.5 
 3. Rajovic, Stevnsgade20.7 
 4. Franklin, Naestved19.8 
 5. Larsen, Horsens IC18.5 
 6. Bello, Randers18.0 
 7. Moore, Svendborg18.0 
 8. Alexander, Horse.17.5 
 9. Stanionis, Wolfpac.16.3 
 10. Nielsen, Randers16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  Wo.
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Vinson, Wo.9.0 
 2. Nielsen, Randers9.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers7.5 
 4. Alexander, Horse.7.5 
 5. Abif, Naestved7.3 
 6. Beranek, Horsholm7.0 
 7. Bonds, Horsholm7.0 
 8. de-Souza, Stevn.7.0 
 9. Riauka, Naestved6.8 
 10. Kuakumensah, Horse.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Charles BURGESS
  Randers
  (186-F-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Burgess, Randers7.0 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm5.5 
 3. Nielsen, Randers5.0 
 4. Petersen, Svendborg4.7 
 5. Ingram, Horsens IC4.5 
 6. Franklin, Naestved4.0 
 7. Washington, Naest.4.0 
 8. Harris, Svendborg3.3 
 9. Rajovic, Stevnsgade3.3 
 10. Bonds, Horsholm3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Troy FRANKLIN
  Naestved
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Naestved3.3 
 2. Nielsen, Randers2.5 
 3. Burgess, Randers2.5 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm2.0 
 5. Bello, Randers2.0 
 6. Stanionis, Wolfpac.2.0 
 7. Bonds, Horsholm2.0 
 8. Jevric, Stevnsgade2.0 
 9. Abif, Naestved1.8 
 10. Sanders, Naestved1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric KUAKUMENSAH
  Horse.
  (204-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kuakumensah, Horse.2.0 
 2. Moore, Svendborg1.7 
 3. Boeje, Horsholm1.5 
 4. Riauka, Naestved1.3 
 5. Alexander, Horse.1.0 
 6. Hill, Randers1.0 
 7. Seilund, Stevnsgade0.7 
 8. Rungby, Horsens IC0.5 
 9. Neidhardt, Randers0.5 
 10. Daly, Naestved0.5 


Ligaen Round 2: Horsens IC hands first defeat to Naestved - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Ligaen. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Naestved (3-1) recorded a loss on the court of Horsens IC on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Horsens IC 77-61. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Naestved managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Naestved's players. The best player for the winners was the former international center Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian forward Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Horsens IC's coach Arnel Dedic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kazembe Abif (200-92, college: Drexel) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Horsens IC is looking forward to face Svendborg (#6) at home in the next round. Naestved will play against Horsholm (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Svendborg. Local Svendborg (1-2) outscored BMS Skovlunde (0-3) 108-85. American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Mike Moore contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Durell Vinson (202-85, college: Wagner) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for BMS Skovlunde. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svendborg will play against Horsens IC on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BMS Skovlunde will play against Horsholm (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last two games of round 2 winless Stevnsgade was crushed by Randers in a road game 89-67. Naestved smashed Svendborg at home 83-60.
The best stats of 2nd round was 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by Charles Burgess of Randers.

Randers - Stevnsgade 89-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Stevnsgade's (0-3) road loss to Randers (1-1) 67-89. The game was mostly controlled by Randers. Stevnsgade was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Randers forced 19 Stevnsgade turnovers and had a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Belizean forward Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international guard Chris Nielsen (193-85) contributed with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Brazilian forward Matao de Souza (201-86, college: Idaho) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Stevnsgade. Four Stevnsgade players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Randers: C.Burgess 22+6reb+7ast, D.Bello 15+7reb+2ast, K.Hill 14+5reb+2ast, S.Neidhardt 12+2reb, C.Nielsen 9+10reb+9ast, J.Williams 8+7reb
Stevnsgade: F.Filsoof 15+2reb, M.Seilund 15+6reb+1ast, F.Rajovic 13+9reb+2ast, M.de Souza 11+10reb+2ast, S.Khan 6+1reb+1ast, S.Jevric 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 552482


Horsens IC - Naestved 77-61

Naestved (3-1) recorded a loss on the court of Horsens IC on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Horsens IC 77-61. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Naestved managed to win third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Naestved's players. The best player for the winners was the former international center Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian forward Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Horsens IC's coach Arnel Dedic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kazembe Abif (200-92, college: Drexel) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian center Zygimantas Riauka (205-93, college: Wisc.-Parkside) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Horsens IC is looking forward to face Svendborg (#6) at home in the next round. Naestved will play against Horsholm (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: K.Larsen 19+6reb, C.Benzon 15+4reb+3ast, V.Borovcanin 14+5reb+3ast, L.Alexander 11+9reb+2ast, R.Agbeko 8+3reb+1ast, F.Rungby 6+3ast
Naestved: K.Abif 26+6reb, Z.Riauka 11+8reb, T.Franklin 6+5reb+4ast, C.Gabriel 6+3reb, R.Sanders 4+2reb+1ast, C.Washington 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 552481


Svendborg - Wolfpack/BMS 108-85

The game with biggest result difference took place in Svendborg. Local Svendborg (1-2) outscored BMS Skovlunde (0-3) 108-85. The game was mostly controlled by Svendborg. BMS Skovlunde was better in fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Svendborg shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import forward Mike Moore (203-94, college: Mount Olive, agency: Mansfield and Associates) contributed with 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Durell Vinson (202-85, college: Wagner) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and guard Oliver Stroeh (192-94, college: Shippensburg) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for BMS Skovlunde. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Svendborg will play against Horsens IC on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BMS Skovlunde will play against Horsholm (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: T.Harris 31+6reb+5ast, M.Moore 26+7reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 16+3reb+4ast, J.Enevold Jensen 9+2reb+1ast, H.NaNa 8+1reb, R.Christensen 6+2ast
Wolfpack/BMS: D.Vinson 24+9reb+1ast, O.Stroeh 14+2reb+4ast, A.Hansen 14+2ast, E.Stanionis 8+4reb+1ast, A.Moss 7+2reb, A.Nedic 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 552480


Naestved - Svendborg 83-60

No shocking result in a game when Naestved (3-1) smashed at home Svendborg (1-2) 83-60. The game without a history. Naestved led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naestved forced 22 Svendborg turnovers and outrebounded them 42-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. British guard Conner Washington (183-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 5 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. American guard Troy Franklin (183-89, college: Coppin St.) contributed with 15 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Naestved players scored in double figures. The former international forward Jacob Enevold-Jensen (215-94, college: Drake) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Svendborg. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naestved will play against Horsholm (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svendborg will play against Horsens IC to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Naestved: T.Franklin 15+3reb+3ast, K.Abif 13+6reb, D.Daly 10+3reb+3ast, Z.Riauka 10+8reb+1ast, R.Sanders 9+4reb+2ast, C.Gabriel 8+4reb
Svendborg: J.Enevold Jensen 15+6reb+3ast, M.Moore 13+4reb+1ast, H.NaNa 10+5reb+2ast, T.Harris 9+7reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 5+4reb, C.Magaard 3+1reb
gschID: 552478





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  ECUADOR  


National League Round 2 of Finals. Piratas bounce back to even title series - by Eurobasket News

Piratas - Iccan 91-85

Piratas held off Iccan to even the championship series at 1-1. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-17. But Iccan won second period 24-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Piratas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Willie Clayton (203-92, college: Georgia St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Paul Cano (170-86) chipped in 23 points and 6 assists during the contest. Colombian-Venezuelan swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and Venezuelan guard Jesus Centeno (190-85) scored 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Five Piratas and four Iccan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Piratas: P.Cano 23+3reb+6ast, W.Clayton 18+14reb+4ast, A.Torres 14+2reb+4ast, R.Perez 14+6reb+2ast, C.Delgado 13+4reb+2ast, C.Malatay 7+2reb+3ast
Iccan: C.Silva 20+11reb+8ast, J.Herrera 20+6reb+1ast, J.Centeno 19+1reb+7ast, C.Carcelen 14+9reb, V.Peralvo 8+1ast, C.Perez 2+1reb
gschID: 580196





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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Branko MIRKOVIC
  Kalev/Cr.
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 23
 1. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.23.0 
 2. Upson, Rapla21.0 
 3. Cressler, Rapla21.0 
 4. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.15.0 
 5. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.14.0 
 6. Dorbek, Rapla13.0 
 7. Ziedins, Rapla9.0 
 8. Mazeika, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 9. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 10. Kajupank, Rapla6.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maris ZIEDINS
  Rapla
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Ziedins, Rapla13.0 
 2. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.9.0 
 3. Upson, Rapla9.0 
 4. Dorbek, Rapla8.0 
 5. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 6. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 7. Cressler, Rapla6.0 
 8. Mazeika, Kalev/Cr.4.0 
 9. Kajupank, Rapla3.0 
 10. Tass, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sven KALDRE
  Rapla
  (197-F/G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kaldre, Rapla7.0 
 2. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.5.0 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.0 
 4. Tass, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 5. Ziedins, Rapla2.0 
 6. Dorbek, Rapla2.0 
 7. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 8. Cressler, Rapla2.0 
 9. Kajupank, Rapla1.0 
 10. Upson, Rapla1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas VANDERMARS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 2. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 3. Cressler, Rapla2.0 
 4. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 5. Ziedins, Rapla1.0 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla1.0 
 7. Upson, Rapla1.0 
 8. Dorbek, Rapla1.0 
 9. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo0.0 
 10. Poldoja, Rapla0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthias TASS
  Kalev/Cramo
  (208-F/C-99)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tass, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 2. vanderMars, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 3. Upson, Rapla1.0 
 4. Ziedins, Rapla1.0 
 5. Kajupank, Rapla1.0 
 6. Subotic, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 7. Dorbek, Rapla0.0 
 8. Mazeika, Kalev/Cr.0.0 
 9. Mirkovic, Kalev/Cr.0.0 
 10. Ilves, Rapla0.0 


Martin Paasoja (ex Rapla) is a newcomer at Craiova - by Nagy Szilveszter

SCM CSU Craiova (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 24-year old Estonian international shooting guard Martin Paasoja (191-86kg-93). He has played for the last five seasons at AVIS UTILITAS Rapla in Estonian Alexela KML. In 38 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg last season. Paasoja helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Paasoja also played 14 games in Baltic League where he averaged 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg. The other team Paasoja played that season for was Rapla (also in Alexela KML). In 38 games he had 11.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.7apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Paasoja has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Paasoja also represented Estonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.7ppg.
Paasoja has played previously professionally also in Spain and Estonia (Parnu and KK Parnu II).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KPA pummel Gondar to start strong at Zone V - by Eurobasket News

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) didn't need the services of Desmond Owily as they eased past Gondar City with a 108-35 win in their opening game of the 2017 Zone V Club Championship in Kampala. The former UCU Canons center is yet to be cleared by FIBA but was barely missed as Ariel Okall, Ramadan Arou and the rest of KPA cruised. Gonder scored the first six points of the game but only added two to end the quarter with a meager 8 against KPA's 28. The second quarter was even worse for Gonder as they only managed only 3 points to trail 11-61 at half time. Former City Oilers' forward Arou scored a game high 18 points while Antony Matongolo and Okal had 17 and 15 points respectively. Arou registered a double-double with 10 rebounds to accompany the 18 points while Samuel Ochola picked 11 boards. For Gondar City, only Lionel Mena, with 10 points, clocked double figures on the score chart. Reat Tut had 2 points and 10 rebounds as Gondar were subjected to rough start by the Kenyan giants. Both Gondar and KPA will have to face Betway Power as they are pooled together in Group B.
Courtesy of: kawowo.com



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Chelak's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

19-year old Ilia Chelak (98) had an amazing evening in the last round for Olimp 97 and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He got a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Alvik (0-5), the league's bottom-ranked team 83-69. Olimp 97 need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Chelak as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Chelak has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 2.2spg.

Second best performed player last round was Adrian Bogucki (213-F/C-99) of top-ranked SMS PZKosz. He is a forward in his first season at SMS PZKosz. In the last game Bogucki recorded impressive double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led SMS PZKosz to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Asseco U20 (3-2) 62-42. Of course SMS PZKosz still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Bogucki is a newcomer at SMS PZKosz and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to David Jolinder (01) of Alvik. Jolinder scored 18 points. Despite Jolinder's great performance Alvik lost 69-83 to the higher-ranked Olimp 97 (#13, 2-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Alvik can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 5 games. Jolinder has a very solid season. In 5 games in European Youth Basketball League he scored 9.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kacper Nowak (185-PG-99) of Cracovia - 21 points and 5 assists
5. Gergo Nagy (197-F-99) of Bball Academy - 12 points and 9 rebounds
6. Bence Katona (99) of Bball Academy - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Kacper Makowski (193-F-99) of SMS PZKosz - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. David Hook (185-PG-99) of BG Lulea - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. David Hook (185-PG-99) of BG Lulea - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aleksandr Sapronov (98) of Olimp 97 - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Brooks' 30-point game gives him (Qualifying Round 2) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Devin Brooks (186-G-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Balkan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for First Leg (Qualifying Round 2).
He had the game-high 30 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Balkan as his team was edged out by Falco-Vulcano 96-95. In the team's last game Brooks had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Balkan's top player in his first season with the team. Creighton University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brooks is in league's top in assists (8th best: 6.3apg).

Second best performed player last round was Codi Miller-McIntyre (191-G-94) of Parma. He is American guard in his first season at Parma. In the last game Miller-McIntyre recorded impressive 24 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Miller-McIntyre is a newcomer at Parma and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of Sodertalje. Bizaca scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Bizaca's great performance Sodertalje lost 63-86 to Szolnok. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Jones (188-G-93) of Mons-Hainaut - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Scott Thomas (198-SF-89) of Spirou - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marcus Gilbert (198-F-93) of FC Porto - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Vytenis Cizauskas (187-SG-92) of Tartu Ulikool - 24 points and 5 assists
8. Michael Thompson (177-PG-89) of Istanbul BBSK - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Erving Walker (173-PG-90) of Demir IBB - 20 points and 8 assists
10. Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) of Nevezis - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Omar CALHOUN
  Espoo U.
  (198-G-93)
  Avg: 30
 1. Calhoun, Espoo U.30.0 
 2. Gilbert, BC Nokia21.0 
 3. Saunders, Kataja B.21.0 
 4. O''Brien, Korihait20.0 
 5. Kanervo, Helsinki.19.7 
 6. Woodhouse, Lapua19.0 
 7. Seppala, Kataja B.19.0 
 8. Asbury, Pyrinto18.5 
 9. Sinclair, Kouvot18.3 
 10. Pitts, Kataja B.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas GIPSON
  Kouvot
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Gipson, Kouvot11.7 
 2. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.3 
 3. Saunders, Kataja B.10.0 
 4. Ortiz, Lapua10.0 
 5. Haanpaa, Espoo U.9.5 
 6. Kotti, Helsinki.9.3 
 7. Jennings, Lapua9.0 
 8. Maxwell, Kauhajoki8.0 
 9. Simms, KTP Basket7.7 
 10. Manigault, Pyrinto7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Damier PITTS
  Kataja B.
  (177-PG-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. Pitts, Kataja B.9.0 
 2. Rannikko, Salon V.7.3 
 3. Hirvonen, Kouvot6.0 
 4. Council, BC Nokia5.5 
 5. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.5 
 6. Seppala, Kataja B.5.0 
 7. Saunders, Kataja B.5.0 
 8. Lehtoranta, Kauha.5.0 
 9. Simms, KTP Basket4.3 
 10. Creek, Lapua4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Wesley SAUNDERS
  Kataja B.
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Saunders, Kataja B.4.0 
 2. Herbert, Korihait3.0 
 3. Jennings, Lapua3.0 
 4. Haanpaa, Espoo U.2.5 
 5. Jarvi, Espoo United2.5 
 6. Gilbert, BC Nokia2.5 
 7. Council, BC Nokia2.0 
 8. Pitts, Kataja B.2.0 
 9. Woodhouse, Lapua2.0 
 10. Peltokangas, Lapua2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrence JENNINGS
  Lapua
  (208-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jennings, Lapua5.0 
 2. Jones, Salon Vilpas2.3 
 3. Kauhanen, Kataja B.2.0 
 4. Deng, Korihait2.0 
 5. Gilbert, BC Nokia1.5 
 6. Hammonds, BC Nokia1.5 
 7. Simms, KTP Basket1.3 
 8. Hezekiah, Kataja B.1.0 
 9. Pattillo, Korihait1.0 
 10. Marzette, Kataja B.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Juwan HOWARD JR.
  FoKoPo
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 33
 1. Howard Jr., FoKoPo33.0 
 2. Kaaresvirta, PeU-B.31.0 
 3. Sandberg, TuNM.30.0 
 4. Merchant, FoKoPo26.0 
 5. Towa, Jarvenpaa25.0 
 6. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.23.5 
 7. Graham, PuHu J.23.0 
 8. Booker, Bisons L.22.0 
 9. Kopio, Jarvenpaa22.0 
 10. Moultrie, Ura B.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsene TOWA
  Jarvenpaa
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 20
 1. Towa, Jarvenpaa20.0 
 2. Jennings, ToPo16.0 
 3. Moultrie, Ura B.15.0 
 4. Lawrence, PeU-B.13.0 
 5. Rainamaa, Ura B.12.0 
 6. Pwono, Lahti12.0 
 7. Sandberg, TuNM.11.0 
 8. Kuusisto, ToPo11.0 
 9. Laihonen, TuNM.10.0 
 10. Nyman, Korikouvot10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Villematti KOPIO
  Jarvenpaa
  (183-SG-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kopio, Jarvenpaa8.0 
 2. Marttinen, MuKi8.0 
 3. Shchepkin, Raholan .7.0 
 4. Ailio, MuKi7.0 
 5. Kaukiainen, Korik.6.0 
 6. Booker, Bisons L.5.0 
 7. Eboreime, HNMKY U.5.0 
 8. Molenius, FoKoPo5.0 
 9. Pwono, Lahti5.0 
 10. Timonen, MuKi5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julius PEHKONEN
  Jarvenpaa
  (191-G/F-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Pehkonen, Jarvenpaa5.0 
 2. Howard Jr., FoKoPo5.0 
 3. Pursiainen, MuKi5.0 
 4. Blomqvist, HyPo4.0 
 5. Merchant, FoKoPo4.0 
 6. Kuusisto, ToPo4.0 
 7. Moultrie, Ura B.4.0 
 8. Hall, Korikouvot3.0 
 9. Shchepkin, Raholan .3.0 
 10. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johan KOTAVUO
  FoKoPo
  (187-G-96)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kotavuo, FoKoPo2.0 
 2. Pwono, Lahti2.0 
 3. Lawrence, PeU-B.2.0 
 4. Jaakkola, TuNM.2.0 
 5. Sandberg, TuNM.2.0 
 6. Vallila, HNMKY U.2.0 
 7. Aaltonen, Ura B.2.0 
 8. Caldwell, Bisons L.2.0 
 9. Heiskanen, Espoo B.1.0 
 10. Jaakkola, Espoo B.1.0 


Korisliiga Round 2: Tampereen Pyrinto defeat BC Nokia - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Korisliiga.

The most surprising game was a loss of BC Nokia (1-1) on the court of Tampereen Pyrinto on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tampereen Pyrinto 76-71. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with 18 points and 4 assists for BC Nokia. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tampereen Pyrinto is looking forward to face Lapuan Korikobrat (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BC Nokia will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Helsinki Seagulls (3-0) which played road game in Kauhajoki against Kauhajoki (1-1). Helsinki Seagulls had an easy win 98-77. The former international Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Kayel Locke chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Flenard Whitfield (201-90, college: W.Michigan) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Joensuun Kataja (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kauhajoki will play against Salon Vilpas to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game between Joensuun Kataja (1-0) and KTP-Basket (0-3) in Joensuu on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Joensuun Kataja outscored guests from Kotka 109-70. Wesley Saunders notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort. Even 22 points and 9 rebounds by Deon Edwin did not help to save the game for KTP-Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joensuun Kataja will meet Helsinki Seagulls on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KTP-Basket will play against Espoo United (#4) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 2 Salon Vilpas was smashed by Kouvot on the road 96-71.
The most impressive performance of 2nd round was 25 points and 12 rebounds by Jamie Skeen of Kouvot.

Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 96-71

Kouvot used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Salo 96-71 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 18-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-71. Kouvot looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Jamie Skeen (203-88, college: VCU) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international Ville Kaunisto (204-82, agency: Court Side) supported him with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Five Kouvot players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by American guard Javontae Hawkins (196-93, college: Fordham, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Salon Vilpas. His fellow American import guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kouvot will meet UU-Korihait (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Salon Vilpas will play against Kauhajoki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: J.Skeen 25+12reb+3ast, W.Bernard 20+2reb+5ast, V.Kaunisto 19+11reb+3ast, J.Sinclair 15+5reb+1ast, T.Hirvonen 10+1reb+9ast, T.Gipson 4+11reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: J.Hawkins 17+10reb, T.Carberry 12+7reb+2ast, A.Jones 12+5reb+1ast, C.Barry 9+4reb, T.Rannikko 7+1reb+6ast, J.Nenonen 5+3reb
gschID: 574272


Kataja Basket - KTP Basket 109-70

The game between Joensuun Kataja (1-0) and KTP-Basket (0-3) in Joensuu on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Joensuun Kataja outscored guests from Kotka 109-70. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Joensuun Kataja forced 21 KTP-Basket turnovers. Joensuun Kataja looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American swingman Wesley Saunders (196-93, college: Harvard) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall, agency: Inception Sports) supported him with 18 points and 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 9 rebounds by U.S. Virgin Islands guard Deon Edwin (190-92, college: Kent St., agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for KTP-Basket. American center Kenneth Simms (206-86, college: Cumberland) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Joensuun Kataja will meet Helsinki Seagulls on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KTP-Basket will play against Espoo United (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: W.Saunders 21+10reb+5ast, I.Seppala 19+5ast, D.Pitts 18+2reb+9ast, A.Marzette 14+7reb, M.Kauhanen 10+3reb, M.Hezekiah 9+1reb
KTP Basket: D.Edwin 22+9reb+3ast, K.Simms 14+5reb+5ast, M.Pounds 9+2reb+1ast, M.Thomas 8+3reb+1ast, M.Aalto 6+3reb, J.Horton 5+1reb
gschID: 574271


Pyrinto - BC Nokia 76-71

The most surprising game was a loss of BC Nokia (1-1) on the court of Tampereen Pyrinto on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tampereen Pyrinto 76-71. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. American forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with 18 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import point guard Vincent Council (186-90, college: Providence) added 6 points and 6 assists in the effort for BC Nokia. BC Nokia's coach Ville Tuominen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tampereen Pyrinto is looking forward to face Lapuan Korikobrat (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BC Nokia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 25+1reb+3ast, D.Giles 14+8reb+3ast, J.Caven 11+5reb, B.Asbury 8+6reb+2ast, K.Manigault 7+8reb+1ast, J.Green 4+3reb+1ast
BC Nokia: L.Gilbert 18+4reb+4ast, E.Skamo 11+3reb+1ast, N.Andersen 9+1reb, N.Mattila 7, V.Council 6+4reb+6ast, A.Alanen 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 574270


Kauhajoki - Helsinki Seagulls 77-98

An interesting game for Helsinki Seagulls (3-0) which played road game in Kauhajoki against Kauhajoki (1-1). Helsinki Seagulls had an easy win 98-77. Strangely Kauhajoki outrebounded Helsinki Seagulls 101-88 including 39 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 60.7 percentage. Helsinki Seagulls players were unselfish on offense dishing 39 assists. Kauhajoki was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Kayel Locke (196-94, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Flenard Whitfield (201-90, college: W.Michigan) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Joensuun Kataja (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Kauhajoki will play against Salon Vilpas to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: A.Kanervo 23+5reb+4ast, J.Marshall 20+1reb+1ast, K.Locke 14+7reb+2ast, T.Heinonen 12+2reb+2ast, D.Jackson 9+4reb+6ast, T.Kotti 8+7reb+4ast
Kauhajoki: S.Maxwell 15+3reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 13+4reb+5ast, F.Whitfield 12+8reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 9+6reb+2ast, F.Edwin 9+5reb, M.Allen 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 574269





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Louis Labeyrie claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Louis Labeyrie (208-C/F-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Strasbourg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 25-year old had a double-double of 20 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Chalons-Reims (#11, 1-2) with 21-point margin 93-72. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Strasbourg is placed at 10th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Strasbourg will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Labeyrie turned to be Strasbourg's top player in his first season with the team. Labeyrie has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Labeyrie is in league's top in and averages solid 63.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg. Ndoye impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Bourg to another comfortable win 87-74 over Dijon (2-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Ndoye is well-known by Bourg fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Nicolas Moore (175-PG-92, agency: Players Group) of Nanterre (#8). Moore scored 21 points and passed ten assists (!!!). He was a key player of Nanterre, leading his team to a 98-68 easy win against Boulazac (#15, 0-3). Nanterre needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Moore has a very solid season. In 3 games in France he scored 13.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Paris-Levallois - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Justin Cobbs (190-G-91) of Le Mans - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 19 points and 5 rebounds
7. Vincent Sanford (193-G-90) of Antibes - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Adam Smith (185-PG-92) of Chalon - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Danny Gibson (178-PG-84) of Limoges - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aaron Craft (188-G-91) of Monaco - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Nic Batum Likely Out 2-3 Months After Tearing Ligament In Elbow - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) tore a ligament in his left elbow during Wednesday's preseason game. Batum will likely miss 8-12 weeks with the injury. Spencer Perry of Queen City Hoops first reported the injury. Batum will receive additional opinions on whether he needs to undergo surgery. Batum signed a five-year, $120 million deal to stay with the Hornets in 2016.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



ProA Round 3: Le Mans hand first defeat to Pau-Lacq-Orthez - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in ProA as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-1) on the court of Le Mans on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Le Mans 73-58. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Cobbs (190-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (198-84, college: Akron) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Serge Crevecoeur rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Le Mans is looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of JDA Dijon (2-1) against JL Bourg (2-1) on Friday night. Host JDA Dijon was defeated by JL Bourg in Dijon 87-74. It was a good game for Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Garrett Sim contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American guard Rasheed Sulaimon (193-94, college: Maryland) answered with 16 points and 5 assists for JDA Dijon. JL Bourg will play against Olympique Antibes (#4) at home in the next round. JDA Dijon will play against Cholet Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket delivered the third consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they beat Cholet Basket (0-3) 77-59. It was a great evening for Amine Noua who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Jonathan Rousselle with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet Monaco (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cholet Basket will play against JDA Dijon (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Chalon. It ended with only two-point home defeat of Chalon/Saor (0-3) to Paris-Levallois (1-2) 79-77 on Saturday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Klemen Prepelic who led the winners and scored 29 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be Limoges CSP Elite (#13) at home. Chalon/Saor will play against Chalons-Reims and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Nanterre. Local JSF Nanterre (2-1) outscored Boulazac Basket (0-3) 98-68 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Nicolas Moore who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre will face Le Portel (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac Basket will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Chalons-Reims was crushed by Strasbourg in a road game 93-72. Winless Gravelines was beaten by Monaco at home 55-61. Limoges lost to undefeated Hyeres-Toulon on the opponent's court 70-85. Antibes managed to outperform Le Portel in a home game 70-63.
The best stats of 3rd round was 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by Louis Labeyrie of Strasbourg.

Nanterre - Boulazac 98-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Nanterre. Local JSF Nanterre (2-1) outscored Boulazac Basket (0-3) 98-68 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Nicolas Moore (175-92, college: SMU, agency: Players Group) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. His fellow American import forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) chipped in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Jerome Sanchez (197-90) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and Aurelien Salmon (202-87) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. JSF Nanterre will face Le Portel (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boulazac Basket will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: N.Moore 21+2reb+10ast, A.Aminu 14+2reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 11, L.Konate 10+4reb+1ast, J.Shuler 9+2ast, E.Murphy 9+1reb+1ast
Boulazac: J.Sanchez 13+8reb+3ast, K.Anderson 12+1reb, D.Ware 11+1reb+3ast, A.Salmon 10+7reb+1ast, B.Ubel 9+4reb+2ast, D.Jackson 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 550954


Strasbourg - Chalons-Reims 93-72

Strasbourg IG used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Reims 93-72 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Strasbourg IG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Chalons-Reims' 38. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was international power forward Louis Labeyrie (208-92) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) chipped in 17 points. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Ghanian-American forward Ben Bentil (206-95, college: Providence) who recorded 19 points and American forward Paul Carter (204-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Strasbourg IG will face Le Mans (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chalons-Reims will play against Chalon/Saor (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: L.Labeyrie 20+12reb+4ast, D.Atkins 17+4reb, D.Logan 14+2reb+4ast, C.Otule 13+5reb, P.Sy 10+4reb+1ast, Z.Wright 8+2reb+6ast
Chalons-Reims: B.Bentil 19+2reb+2ast, P.Carter 13+7reb+2ast, W.Deane 12, L.Ulmer 10+2reb, R.Duport 6+7reb+1ast, M.Hermannsson 6+2reb+7ast
gschID: 550955


Gravelines - Monaco 55-61

No shocking result in a game when Monaco (2-1) defeated on the road Gravelines-Dunkerque (0-3) 61-55 on Monday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 35-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Monaco outrebounded Gravelines-Dunkerque 40-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Aaron Craft (188-91, college: Ohio St.) who scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and the other American import power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) added 11 points respectively. Monaco will face ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Boulazac Basket (#15) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Monaco: A.Craft 13+5reb+3ast, E.Kikanovic 11+8reb+1ast, G.Robinson 11+1reb+4ast, A.Sy 9+5reb+2ast, C.Evans 6+4reb, G.Joseph 6+5reb+1ast
Gravelines: D.Cooper 15+5reb+6ast, T.Smith 11+3reb+2ast, J.Mipoka 8+6reb, T.Allen 6+4reb, F.Raposo Laurencio 6+2reb, W.Buford 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 550950


Le Mans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 73-58

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-1) on the court of Le Mans on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Le Mans 73-58. The best player for the winners was American guard Justin Cobbs (190-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (198-84, college: Akron) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Kyan Anderson (180-92, college: TCU, agency: Pensack Sports) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Serge Crevecoeur rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Le Mans is looking forward to face Strasbourg IG (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: J.Cobbs 18+3reb+6ast, R.Travis 14+6reb+2ast, M.Riley 10+8reb+2ast, W.Yeguete 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Fall 8+4reb, P.Amagou 6+3ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Koffi 13+7reb, K.Anderson 11+2reb+4ast, T.Pinero 10+5reb, E.Okobo 9+2ast, L.Cavaliere 4+3reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 550952


Dijon - Bourg 74-87

Very important is a home loss of JDA Dijon (2-1) against JL Bourg (2-1) on Friday night. Host JDA Dijon was defeated by JL Bourg in Dijon 87-74. JDA Dijon was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Senegalese center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Garrett Sim (188-90, college: Oregon) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American guard Rasheed Sulaimon (193-94, college: Maryland) answered with 16 points and 5 assists and American forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) added 16 points in the effort for JDA Dijon. JL Bourg will play against Olympique Antibes (#4) at home in the next round. JDA Dijon will play against Cholet Basket and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bourg: Z.Peacock 19+5reb+1ast, Y.Ndoye 19+8reb+2ast, G.Sim 18+3reb+4ast, G.Biruta 9+1reb, C.Simon 7+5reb+1ast, M.Courby 7+2reb+2ast
Dijon: R.Pearson 16+3reb+1ast, R.Sulaimon 16+1reb+5ast, S.Taylor Jr. 11+2reb, A.Loum 8+8reb, R.Brown 6+1reb, J.Alingue 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 550949


ASVEL - Cholet 77-59

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket delivered the third consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they beat Cholet Basket (0-3) 77-59. The game was mostly controlled by ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. Cholet Basket managed to win third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Cholet Basket 43-25 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for Amine Noua (202-97, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) helped adding 17 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (188-90) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and point guard David Michineau (191-94) scored 13 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will meet Monaco (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Cholet Basket will play against JDA Dijon (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: A.Noua 17+5reb+2ast, J.Roberson 17+2reb+5ast, D.Nelson 8+3reb+2ast, A.Kaba 8+13reb+1ast, D.Watkins 6+8reb, J.Harper 5+4reb+2ast
Cholet: D.Michineau 13+2reb+5ast, J.Rousselle 13+5reb+2ast, J.Boutsiele 12+5reb, T.Gotcher 8+3reb, I.Evtimov 6+3reb+4ast, R.Evans 5+2reb
gschID: 550953


Hyeres-Toulon - Limoges 85-70

Very expected game when Limoges CSP Elite (1-2) was defeated on the road by Hyeres-Toulon (3-0) 85-70 on Saturday. Hyeres-Toulon looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (192-90, college: Santa Clara, agency: SportsVision-Service) who scored 25 points. The former international center Ferdinand Prenom (201-91) chipped in 19 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (178-84, college: S.Indiana) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Axel Bouteille (200-95) added 13 points respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hyeres-Toulon will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5) on the road in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Paris-Levallois (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: R.Cowels III 25+4reb+2ast, F.Prenom 19+3reb+3ast, J.Tolbert 10+9reb+4ast, R.Arnold 10+4reb+2ast, A.Chassang 8+2reb+4ast, E.Diawara 5+2reb
Limoges: D.Gibson 17+3reb+4ast, A.Bouteille 13+4reb+1ast, A.English 12+2reb, K.Hayes 9+1reb+1ast, W.Howard 8+2reb, B.Conklin 4+3reb
gschID: 550951


Chalon - Paris-Levallois 77-79

A very interesting game took place in Chalon. It ended with only two-point home defeat of Chalon/Saor (0-3) to Paris-Levallois (1-2) 79-77 on Saturday evening. Chalon/Saor was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was an exceptional evening for Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) who led the winners and scored 29 points. American power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) came up with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Cameroonian Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Chalon/Saor in the defeat. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Paris-Levallois' next round opponent will be Limoges CSP Elite (#13) at home. Chalon/Saor will play against Chalons-Reims and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: K.Prepelic 29+3reb+2ast, G.Ware 12+7reb+1ast, L.Campbell 9+3reb+7ast, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 8+2reb, R.Lesca 6+2ast, D.Nwaelele 5+2reb
Chalon: A.Smith 19+5reb+5ast, R.Putney 14+4reb, K.Joseph 12+3reb+1ast, J.Farr 11+6reb+1ast, J.Nzeulie 8+5reb+8ast, L.Harris 6+2reb
gschID: 550948


Antibes - Le Portel 70-63

Olympique Antibes used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Le Portel 70-63 on Friday night. Olympique Antibes made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Vincent Sanford (193-90, college: Dayton, agency: Inception Sports) who scored 22 points. Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Trae Golden (189-91, college: Georgia Tech) who recorded 15 points and 4 assists and power forward Franklin Hassell (205-88, college: ODU) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Olympique Antibes will face JL Bourg (#6) on the road in the next round. Le Portel will play against JSF Nanterre (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: V.Sanford 22+4reb+2ast, T.Blue 17+4reb+1ast, M.Yarou 8+5reb+1ast, J.Tornato 7+4reb+1ast, P.Rigot 7+3reb, J.Blassingame 3+3reb+6ast
Le Portel: T.Golden 15+4reb+4ast, F.Hassell 10+7reb+1ast, J.Donaldson 10+5reb+1ast, J.Begarin 7+2reb+1ast, T.Carter 6+1reb+4ast, J.Traore 5
gschID: 550947





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Blokotehna signs Michael Mallory - by Dragan Ristov

KK Blokotehna Gevgelija (Prva Liga) signed American guard Michael Mallory (185). He just graduated from S.Connecticut (NCAA2). Mallory has played there for the last four years. In 28 games he had very impressive stats: 23.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg and 1.3bpg last season.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro. He was also voted All-Northeast-10 1st Team in 2016 and 2017 at his college time.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mallory's team won Northeast-10 Southwest Division Regular Season for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016).
This is his first pro-experience.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dinamo vs Olimpi Will Fight Each Other in the Dudu Dadiani Memorial Final - by Eurobasket News

The semifinal games of the Dudu Dadiani Memorial have been played in the Tbilisi Olympic Palace today. Olimpi defeated Rustavi and Dinamo won against Kutaisi in very intense game. The final game of the memorial will be played on October 6 at 17:00 instead of previously announced 19:00.
Olimpi has started decently. They had 20 points advantage, but Rustavi rejoiced and eliminated the difference. Rustavi had some mistakes in the last period of the game and lost the chance to turn the tide. Mark Anthony tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds for Olimpi. Jack Crook (211-C-93, college: Seattle) answered with 16 points and 14 boards for Rustavi.
The game between Kutaisi and Dinamo was an equal game, with a little dominance of Dinamo time after time. Kutaisi had the chance to turn around the fate of the game in the last minutes, but with the little mistakes they lost this chance. Lavell Boyd (183-G-94, college: UMKC) produced 15 points and 10 boards in the win.
Courtesy of: superleague.ge



Rustavi signs Jack Crook - by Eurobasket News

BC Rustavi 1991 (Superleague) signed 24-year old British center Jack Crook (211-116kg-93, college: Seattle). He played last season at Agustinos-Leclerc in Spanish LEB Silver. In 27 games he had 9.9ppg and 9.5rpg (leader !!!). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
Crook's team made it to the WAC Tournament Semifinals in 2016.
He represented United Kingdom at the CBI Championship Quarterfinals last year.
Crook has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Manchester Magic).
He attended Seattle University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hosley is back at Yesilgiresun - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) added to their roster 33-year old American (has also Georgian passport) forward Quinton Hosley (201-98kg-84, college: Fresno State). It is actually his comeback to Yesilgiresun Bld as he has played here before. Hosley played last season at Shahrdary Arak in Iranian Superleague. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 18.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.1apg and 2.9spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Defensive Player of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to Honorable Mention. Hosley also spent pre-season at JSF Nanterre (ProA) in French league that year.
In 2007 he was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (30th overall).
The former Fresno State staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Hosley is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Virtus Roma and Banco di Srd), Poland (Stelmet), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (Real Madrid and Joventut) and Turkey (Pinar Karsiyaka, Galatasaray and Aliaga).
On Hosley: A swingman who is a very good shooter and rebounder. Can have a great career as a big 2 guard, could be succesful the same as SF at European level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bryon ALLEN
  EWE Baskets
  (193-G-92)
  Avg: 25
 1. Allen, EWE Baskets25.0 
 2. Scrubb, Fraport SKY23.0 
 3. Benzing, Wuerzburg22.0 
 4. Peter-M., Ludwigsb.21.0 
 5. Stewart, Walter T.20.0 
 6. Marei, Bayreuth18.0 
 7. Booker, B.Muenchen18.0 
 8. Stockton, Goett.17.5 
 9. Rush, Goettingen17.5 
 10. McConnell, EWE B.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luke HARANGODY
  Ratio.
  (202-PF-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. Harangody, Ratio.11.0 
 2. Mitrovic, Brose B.11.0 
 3. Marei, Bayreuth10.0 
 4. Ibekwe, Oettinge.8.5 
 5. McElroy, Jena8.0 
 6. Morrison, Fraport .7.5 
 7. Eatherton, Braunsch.7.5 
 8. Linhart, Bayreuth7.0 
 9. Barthel, B.Mue.7.0 
 10. Bryant, Giessen .7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Michael STOCKTON
  Goett.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Stockton, Goett.8.0 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.8.0 
 3. Webster, Fraport .7.0 
 4. Siva, ALBA6.5 
 5. Mahalbasic, EWE B.6.0 
 6. Hickman, Brose B.6.0 
 7. Allen, EWE Baskets5.5 
 8. Zisis, Brose Bask.5.5 
 9. Bowlin, Jena5.5 
 10. Hulls, Bremerhaven5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Thomas WALKUP
  Ludwigsb.
  (193-G/F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Walkup, Ludwigsb.3.0 
 2. Hobbs, B.Muenchen3.0 
 3. Saibou, ALBA3.0 
 4. Manigat, Giessen .3.0 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.2.5 
 6. Ibekwe, Oettinge.2.5 
 7. Cook, Ludwigsburg2.0 
 8. Lansdowne, Braunsch.2.0 
 9. Scrubb, Fraport SKY2.0 
 10. Hulls, Bremerhaven2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Scott EATHERTON
  Braunsch.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Eatherton, Braunsch.4.0 
 2. Ibekwe, Oettinge.2.0 
 3. Miller-Scott, Brose B.2.0 
 4. Bryant, Giessen .2.0 
 5. Giffey, ALBA2.0 
 6. Barthel, B.Mue.1.5 
 7. Huff, Fraport SKY1.5 
 8. Sears, Ludwigsburg1.0 
 9. Easley, Walter Tigers1.0 
 10. Akpinar, Ratio.1.0 


Adika Peter Mcneilly (MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg) Bringing Immaculate Work Ethic from Ryerson To John Patrick's Lab - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adika Peter-McNeilly (190-G-93, college: Ryerson) is a 24 year old 190cm guard that was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Scarborough that is making his professional debut with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He played at : Ryerson College (CIS) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 93 games and as a senior played 25 games averaging 18.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 85.0%. His career highlights at Ryerson included winning the 2016 OUA championship and being a 2017 CIS finalist. He spoke to eurobasket earlier in the summer about basketball.

Thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your full name is Adika Peter-McNeilly, but your new club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg titled you as Peter Mcneilly. How do you like to be called best and does a nickname slip in at times?

My first name is Adika and everyone calls me that. Don't have a nickname

Before we get to basketball, I have to ask you about Family Fued and Steve Harvey. You're a huge fan. In every episode, it isn't rare for Harvey to have hilarious lines. Out of all all the shows you have seen, which Harvey line has stuck with you most?

There has been a lot of lines that Steve Harvey gets me laughing at. I think the funniest moments is when he doesn't say anything and he has this blank expression on his face because of the wild answers he hears.

Congrats on signing with German EasyCredit BBL team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. How was your summer following the transfer market. How did you experience your first contact with an agent and teams looking for your services. What kind of offers did you have?

This first summer transfer window has been an amazing opportunity, I am happy that MHP Riesen saw potential in me and I am excited to put on their jersey and play for the organization, the city, and the fans.

What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball? Some of your teammates from the Canadian national team like the Scrubb brothers have played in Germany. Did you ask them for any last minute advice or other friends like Jahmal Jones who played in the Czech republic or others who have had dealings with playing in Germany?

It really helps having Jahmal Jones and Aaron Best as friends that goes beyond basketball and that I have kept in touch with after their time at Ryerson. They told me that playing professional basketball will be an experience and that I should go out and play as hard as I can.

You had a stellar career at Ryerson improving your points and rebounds each season and like Michael Frazier will be a rookie starting in one of the top leagues in Europe. Patrick has to have high expectations otherwise he would of signed more experienced players. Do you feel pressure coming in and living up to what you achieved on the court in the CIS to let it carry over into the professional ranks.

I feel no pressure, I have played basketball a very long time and I am confident in my abilities. Nothing will be easy, as the league is very good but once again I am excited to go out on the hardwood and play.

We have loud guys on the team, like energy guys, but Adika is a different type of energy. He's always there to help guys with anything they're struggling with,' says your ex teammate Jean-Victor Mukama. Does this special energy trait that you have come from your big focus of family?

Of course it does, my family instilled positive vibes throughout our household that helped each of us grow as individuals and I use those philosophies with basketball and everything I do in life.

You played four years in the Canadian college league CIS which continues to make strides and send more and more Canadians to the professional level. You probably have watched your share of NCAA games over the years, but with your experience in the CIS, how do you feel has this league grown over the years and is it still very far away from being as top level as the NCAA?

The CIS has grown a lot, coming into the league several years ago to now I have seen the shift of players coming and out and playing oversees.

You played four years at Ryerson and to no surprise lost the CIS final to Carleton in 2017, the Golden State Warriors of the CIS. Do you feel like your development playing at a school like Ryerson was better in the long run than if you would have played at a Carleton where the top competition probably wouldn't have hurt, but still would have been a different experience than having played at Ryerson?

I enjoyed my time playing at Ryerson and I've learned a lot playing for coach Roy Rana. He has taught me the game to the best of my abilities and always believed in me. These last four years I've grown so much as a student and basketball player and there are countless people at Ryerson that helped me along the way.

You won the 2017 OUA title against top team Carleton 86-79 where your 29 points, 12 boards and four assists were significant in the win. What will you always remember most from this victory?

Our team perseverance during times of distress and how everyone in the locker room dealt with adversity.

Eight days later you lost the 2017 CIS final to Carleton 78-69? You gave your all with a 23 point game, but as a competitor I am sure even 40 points and the loss would of meant nothing to you. Did this put somewhat of a damper to the end of your CIS career?

We played a hard game and gave it to Carleton as they won another Championship. One game would not define my CIS career, of course a national championship would be nice but I was more than happy with the way we played and how our season was played out.

You had many great games at Ryerson, but was your 36 point explosion/10/13 three's), seven rebounds and six assists against Western your best game as a professional?

It may have been and I have to thank my teammates and the coaching staff in putting confidence in me that game. Having a group of people wanting you to excel feels great.

How did head coach Roy Rana groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Ryerson?

Coach Roy taught me how to work hard and be the best player I can possibly be every time I stepped out on the court, whether that was in practice or individual workouts.


How does your summer workout plan look like on and off the court in 2017?

Every day I am in the gym training with some teammates at Ryerson or in the weight room getting stronger, other than that I was finishing up summer school in preparation to graduate.

If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?

Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never ending debate of who is the best of all-time?

LeBron is will always be behind MJ.

There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

Russell Westbrook is an amazing player and I love to watch him play. The effort he gives and the will to win the game inspires me to be better whenever I play.

How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?

I think it is too early to know but I try and keep up with the season and let you know.

Where will the journey of the Houston Rockets go this season with Chris Paul and James Harden in the back court. Do they have enough to make a serious run at the title or is something missing?

Both CP3 and Harden are phenomenal players with the very high IQ coming off the pick and roll. This season it is going to be amazing to watch them both work their craft to help the Rockets win basketball games.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Shutter Island on Netflix

Thanks Adika for the chat.




Will This Seasons American Basketball Troops Version Lift The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg To New Glory? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It isn't always the most exciting time during the dog days of summer when the EasyCredit BBL is on hiatus and while teams are filling up their rosters at a gradual rate with some massive signings in Ulm like Luka Harangody or Toure Murray or the higher quality players that land in Bamberg or Alba Berlin most other teams land some interesting players here and there, but can't really compete with these three teams in marque players. However one club that hasn't belonged to the top 4 teams in the last years has been the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, but head coach John Patrick continues to make the summer exciting as he keeps staying faithful to bringing in American basketball troops to help bolster his roster. No Patrick doesn't look to the Army bases for his future basketball talent as American troops are just a delicate figure of speech, but loves to experiment and haul in American players from the NCAA or NBA and D-league that gives him that unique challenge of having to mesh together talented American players that in most cases have never played in a European league and need to get adapted to the European style of play and get that we mentality strapped into his mind instead of that I thinking. Patrick has done a great job over the years spicing up the EasyCredit BBL with exceptional prospects. Since arriving in Ludwigsburg in 2013, he has a long list of players that he has signed like Coby Karl, Jon Brockman, Michael Stockton, DJ Kennedy, Jack Cooley, Tekele Cotton and Royce O'Neale who has made the jump to the NBA with the Utah Jazz. This season head coach John Patrick has fortified his roster with two European newbies with Thomas Walkup (193-G/F-92, college: SF Austin) and Elgin Cook. Walkup was a three time Southland Conf. Tournament Winner with SF Austin and last season as a professional rookie was teammates with German national player Paul Zipser with the Windy City Bulls (D-League) playing 40 games averaging 7.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 84.5%. He has the all-around game that loves to fill up the stat sheet and could be a smaller version of a Alex Ruoff. Elgin Cook like Walkup comes from the NCAA, had a rookie season in the D-League and played in the NBA Summer League, but has a famous father Alvin who was a 4 time NBA allstar. Cook is a 198cm forward that played at Oregon (NCAA) and as a senior played 38 games averaging 14.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.3%. Last season as a rookie he played with the Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) playing 20 games averaging 16.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.8%. He is a very athletic player that will get many buckets in the paint, but not so dangerous from outside. Once again John Patrick has reeled in two very interesting and talented players and will be worth watching develop in their first season in Europe. One or more will probably be added throughout the season so seeing those new troops develop further with be a joy to watch how well John Patrick chooses new gems from overseas. Sometimes Americans falter in their first season abroad, but when looking at the Patrick track record if in Ludwigsburg or Goettingen where he hauled in guys like Jason Boone, Taylor Rochestie, John Little or Chris Oliver, all made the next step and have had long and fruitful careers in Europe. There were some other players that didn't make the grade in Patricks system, but the majority have passed in flying colors which has made this coaching general proud of his American basketball troops.

Head coach John Patrick is in his fifth season with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and reaching the playoffs with this club with him is as self-evident each season as it is for for the San Antonio Spurs getting to the post season. Patrick's playoff track overall is excellent as he got teams like Goettingen and Wurzburg there in the past and playoff record in Ludwigsburg is perfect as he has led his team there each season and was extremely close the last two seasons to pulling off the major upset and reaching the semi's. In his first two seasons there, he played FC Bayern Munich tough losing in four games and then was swept by Brose Bamberg in his second season. In the 2015-2017 season, he took FC Bayern Munich to the wire losing in five and last season in the Schwaben series took last seasons surprise club ratiopharm Ulm also to the distant losing in a hard fought five game series. Last season they strung together two four game winning streaks and big wins in the regular season included a win against ratiopharm Ulm, but that was it in terms of beating the top teams. The question remains as always in the Patrick tenor when will the team make the next step and get through the quarterfinals? One can almost say just reaching the playoffs and losing right away has become boring. The organization and fans want more and could that step be this season?

Patrick always has a very talented roster and depth is always present, but he also always has to contend with an almost new roster as the fluctuation process of players coming and going is large. It is always more difficult to start over and be able to mesh together the many different playing styles and characters of players, but Patrick is a coach that has vast experience and has always been able to overcome adversity even during seasons when players came and went. His biggest losses were ex NBA players Jack Cooley and DJ Kennedy. Cooley who played with the Utah Jazz belonged to the most efficient players averaging 13,0ppg and 6,8rpg. DJ Kennedy came for the stretch run last season averaging1 2.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.1apg, As always his leadership was vital and not only his scoring was huge in two wins against ratiopharm Ulm, but his overall team play infected his teammates. The other big loss was Tekele Cotton who offered offensive stability averaging 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 86.3% and will play for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-VTB) this season. The team also lost valuable experience with Cliff Hammonds and Rocky Trice. The club held on two Germans Johannes Thiemann and David Mccray. Thiemann who couldn't develop further in Bamberg made his breakout last season averaging 8.3ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 71.2%; BCL: 20 games: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.3%. His day to day battles with Cooley last season helped him mature into a real BBL player and he should make the next step this season if he continues to get ample minutes which won't be easy as the club has so much depth. Mccray will be turning 32 this season and entering his 12th full BBL season and eighth with Ludwigsburg. He won't get you back to back 22 point games, but he is always good for a huge game. He is the ultimate team player that gives 110% on the floor on both ends of the court and with Adam Waleskowski has the most BBL experience on the squad. The team also held young German talent Mateo Seric is a 18 year old 205cm that didn't start to play basketball until age 14 in 2013, but his development has been exceptional as he played his first BBL game last season against Alba Berlin at age 17. He played in three competitions last season playing six BBL games averaging 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg, played also at BSG Basket Ludwigsburg (Germany-2.Regionalliga) averaging 18.4ppg, played also at Porsche BBA Ludwigsburg U19 team (NBBL) playing 13 games averaging 18.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2.9spg, 2PT: 52.5%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 77.8%. In his second game last season against Alba Berlin, he scored 12 points in 18 minutes. His potential is unending as he can score inside and has developed a nice mid range shot.

This season John Patrick hauled in nine new players and besides the two American troops with Thomas Walkup, and Elgin Cook returned two players that had reached the playoffs with the club some years before with Adam Waleskowski and Kerron Johnson. Waleskowski is a 203cm center that will turn 35 in November and is one of those guys that just keeps chugging along and won't hang up his sneakers. The ex Flordia State player is going into his 13th professional season, eighth in Germany and fifth with Ludwigsburg. Patrick and the American/German already worked together in Goettingen in the 2010-2011 season. Last season he returned back to BG Goettingen averaging 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 23.4%, FT: 80.0%. He proved that he can still be a consistent and valuable player despite his age. His athleticism is still there and his work around the rim is immaculate and he always finds a way to sting the opponent with a big three. He will be one of many weapons from the bench. Kerron Johnson is a 26 year old 183cm point guard from Huntsville, Alabama that won two A-Sun Tournaments with Belmont (NCAA) and is going into his fifth professional season after stops in New Zealand, France and Poland. This will be his third tour of duty with Ludwigsburg as he played the entire 2014-2015 season with Ludwigsburg averaging 14.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 79.2%. He came back in 2015-2016 averaging 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.9apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 80.5%; In the Eurocup he played six games averaging 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 77.8%. Last season he played with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL) playing 34 games averaging 14.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 81.5%. After a big season in Poland, he will be another force in the BBL with his overall strong point guard skills and lead Ludwigsburg to success as he led the team twice to the promised land.

Patrick did a good job getting experienced BBL players with Dwayne Evans, Justin Sears, Niklas Geske and Florian Koch. Dwayne Evans is a 25 year old 201cm forward that continues to develop very well in Germany making the step from the Pro A with the Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA) playing 36 games averaging 15.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 31.5%, FT: 68.8%, and last season moved to the Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL) and proved he can be an impact player at the BBL level with the Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL) playing 30 games averaging 11.8ppg, Reb-3 (7.1rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 80.3%. He will be a force on the boards with Patrick as well as bring excitement with his athleticism and be one of many good scoring options. His heart carries him to be that special player and Patricks best pick up from the BBL players. Justin Sears is a 23 year old 203cm forward that played tennis at age four before moving to basketball in the eighth grade and was the All-Ivy League Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 with Yale. He came to Germany last season had had no problems making the jump from the NCAA to BBL with the Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL) playing 31 games averaging 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.7%. He will be another very athletic inside player that will excite the crowd with spectacular finishes around the rim, but also make the mid distance shot. Niklas Geske is a 188cm point guard, but only 23 and like so many talented German players still searching for his breakthrough at the BBL level. He brings four seasons of BBL experience with three with Phoenix Hagen and one with Vechta and 116 games to Ludwigsburg. In the last three seasons he has averaged 15 minutes per game in the BBL, but is still searching for that chance of responsibility that can make him into a 20 plus minute BBL player. Last season with SC Rasta Vechta (BBL) he played 31 games averaging 4.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.6apg. He has all the good tools of a good point guard, but at times gets problems with more physical guards. All he needs is a chance, but that will also be difficult here with Patrick's strong guard rotation. Florian Koch is a 197cm forward that played his whole career in the Telekom Baskets Bonn organization and in six seasons played 113 BBL games, but did become a more used player the last two seasons playing 68 BBL games. Last season he played 34 BBL games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.2rpg; In the FIBA Europe Cup he played 15 games averaging 5.0ppg, 2.8rpg. The German seemed to be getting more integrated into the Bonn system the last few years, but feels that he can make that next step in Ludwigsburg. He has a nice game and can shoot the three, but he wont increase his minutes in Ludwigsburg either with the stocked rotation. The last pick up of the season was 24 year old 190cm guard Adika Peter-Mcneilly from Canada who is a rookie out of Ryerson College (CIS) as he won a OUA title and was able to improve his scoring and rebounding each season and as a senior played 25 games averaging 18.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 85.0%. He is an all-rounder that can score at a high rate and his excellent rebounding skills stand out. On a team that is stacked with very much talent and as always strong Americans, this Canadian could be the big surprise of the season for Patrick if he can make the next step from the CIS to BBL.

So where the basketball journey of the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg end this season? Last season the club averaged 77 point per game while allowing 77 points. They were a solid rebounding team, but with the talent they had and duo of Cooley and Thiemann probably should have averaged more than 31 per game. This season the club is younger, but not less hungry as they have many BBL veterans on the team and with Thiemann and Mccray two guys burning for more than what the club reached last season. The club most likely will play a quicker form of basketball than what they practiced the season before, but nothing uncharacteristic to how Patrick has played the game the last 10 years starting in Goettingen to Ludwigsburg via Wurzburg. With the quickness and athleticism that the team has more of this season, the club should make a step on the defensive end and improve in that area. Since the club is smaller have more of a void on the boards, but with Evans/Sears should be able to make up with the losses to Cooley and Kennedy and with the adept rebounding of Mcneilly have another strong rebounding guard helping out. There are question marks as the club needs to build new chemistry and get the three American troops, Walkup, Cook and Johnson BBL ready, but there is a reason why John Patrick is one of the best coaches in the BBL and he will as usual have a playoff team come May 2018. If it is ready to make that next step and reach the semi finals will depend how well the three American troops play, if the club can defend better than last season and how well Patrick can mesh the talent and characters together to form a strong successful unit. The MHP Riesen will end up somewhere between 5th and 10th place in the regular season.




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Police jump to Accra League Division II summit - by Yaw Mintah

Ghana Police have jumped to first place in the Accra Basketball League (ABL) Men's Division II after recording a resounding 81-54 win over Junior Reformers in a game played at the Lebanon House Court in Tudu. The game was the last of two ties fixed for the round; Navy Warriors beat Tudu Galaxy 66-59 in the opening game.

The win win means Police have won six games in as many matches and continue to streak along in this year's campaign. Reformers of Prisons are the only side in the division with a similar unbeaten record.

Matters were close in the first half as Police held 15-10 and 35-29 leads in the first and second quarters respectively but dominated the young Reformers side in the second half to record the expected win. Reformers Guards Godwin Tetteh and Isaac Ollenu were culpable of turning the ball over several times in the times which Police benefited from with Benjamin Debrah scoring six straight points.

Veteran Guard Debrah turned in a peach of a performance in the last quarter by sinking four three point shots to sink Reformers despite good play Mawusi Kalla, Emmanuel Odamtten and Jamani Salifu. The game was almost abandoned at half time as showers drizzled on the exposed playing surface but play continued as the showers lasted a few seconds.

Fourth place Navy Warriors outlasted fifth placed Tudu Galaxy in a close game for its fourth straight win in the competition after failing to win in three games at the start of the season.



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PAOK Thessaloniki signs Dimitrios Katsivelis - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) signed 26-year old Greek ex-international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91). He played last season at BK Astana in Kazakhstan National League. In 7 games he had 9.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.4apg and 2.6spg. Katsivelis helped them to win the league title (twice). He also played 23 games in VTB United League where he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (15-16) season Katsivelis played at AEK Athens. In 30 A1 games he averaged 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals. Katsivelis also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 3.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg.
He was also a member of Greek international program for some years. Katsivelis played for Greek Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U19 National Team back in 2009.
He represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 15.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 64.7%.
Katsivelis has played previously for two other Greek teams: Olympiacos and Mantoulidis.

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PAOK added Katsivelis to their roster - by Giorgos Diploidis

PAOK Thessaloniki and Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-G-91) came to a deal for the next month and if the two sides will be satisfied the contract will be extended until the end of the season 2017-2018.

The team of Thessaloniki didn't make it against Aris in the knockout game of the quarter finals of the Greek cup so they decided to become even stronger in the guard position.

PAOK Thessaloniki also has to face the injury problems of Kevin Dillard (183-PG-89, college: Dayton), Antonios Koniaris (196-PG-97), Lucky Jones (198-G-93, college: Robert Morris), Vasileios Charalampopoulos (205-SF-97) so Dimitrios Katsivelis will give another one choise to coach Ilias Papatheodorou for the next games in the Basket League and in The Champions League.




Karditsas ink Giorgos Lepeniotis - by Chris Mammides

AS Karditsas (A2) agreed terms with experienced 38-year old point guard Giorgos Lepeniotis (189-79). He has played for the last three seasons at GS Larissas in the D.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lepeniotis won Greek C Division (North-Group 1) championship title in 2010 and 2014. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Honorable Mention back in 2012.
Lepeniotis has spent his entire career in Greece playing for four other teams: Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, Trikalla, Aiolos Trikallon and Holargos.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Karditsas.

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Niki Amarousiou signs Giorgos Danas - by Chris Mammides

AS Niki Amarousiou (C) signed 26-year old guard Giorgos Danas (185-91). He played most recently at Promitheas (A1), but left the team in May.'16. A1 was a little too high level for him, where in 24 games he had just 0.3ppg in 2015-16 season. C will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (14-15) season Danas played at GS Lavrio (A2). In 25 games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.2apg.
He has played previously for Kolossos H Hotels.

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Marousi tabs rookie Nic Maniatis in his first year in pro basketball - by Chris Mammides

A2 newcomer GS Marousi inked Canadian guard Nic Maniatis (193). Maniatis just graduated from Vancouver Island University. He helped them to win PacWest Tournament and end the regular season at the top position.
So his pro career will start in Greece.

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Marousi signs Maniatis just out of college - by Chris Mammides

GS Marousi (A2) signed Greek Canadian forward Nicoloas Maniatis (193-88kg). just graduated from Concordia. Maniatis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
As mentioned above he is just out of college, so it will be Maniatis' first season as a professional player.

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Ethnikos land Apostolos Pantsios - by Chris Mammides

Ethnikos Piraeus (A2) landed 33-year old guard Apostolos Pantsios (188-84). He played most recently at Ionikos Nikaias in the B.
The previous (15-16) season Pantsios played at G.S. Apollon Smyrnis (C). He also played that season for Apollon Kalamarias (C).
Pantsios won C Division (South-Group 1) in 2016.
He has spent his entire career in Greece playing for six other teams: Makedonikos, Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas, GS Larissas, Goumenissa, Ergotelis and APS Pappados Geras Lesvou.

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Apollon Deligiorgis signs at Iraklis - by Chris Mammides




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Zwolle seal SuperCup title in Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Groningen - Zwolle 69-77

Zwolle seal SuperCup title beating Groningen 77-69. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the opening period and then Groningen posted a 22-14 rally to take an 8-point advantage at the halftime. Zwolle took control of the game in the second half and came up with two wins. They replied with a 25-13 surge in the third quarter and won the last period 21-17.
Noah Dahlman (201-F-89, college: Wofford) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Olaf Schaftenaar (208-F-93, college: Oregon St.) notched 18. Jordan Gregory (188-G-92, college: Montana) delivered 15, whilst Dorcey-Walker scored 11. Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86, college: Cal-Riverside) answered with 16 points in the losing effort and Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) produced 14. Brandyn Curry (187-G-91, college: Harvard) followed them with 13 points in defeat.



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Adam Hanga selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Hungarians who are currently playing abroad.

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to a victory against the 12th-ranked Baskonia (0-1) 87-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Friday night's game. Hanga recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. It was his first game for FC Barcelona this season. His team is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Hanga is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jarrod Jones (207-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka to a victory over Alba 81-72 in the Basketball Champions League last Monday. Jones was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 11 rebounds. Jones also added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmiris placed in the Basketball Champions League. It's Jones' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Jones averages: 27.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 65.2%(15-23). He is a naturalized American. Jones played for the Hungarian national team in 2016. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Rosco Allen
Rosco Allen
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Rosco Allen (207-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Stanford, currently plays in Spain). Allen contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (0-2) 84-78 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Wednesday night. He scored 8 points in 17 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (2-0) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Allen's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg in two games he played so far. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #4. An experienced point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to an easy victory against Balkan 85-70 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Trotter scored 11 points and added 9 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSM CSU Oradeais placed in the FIBA Europe Cup. Trotter's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 6.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Trotter used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2013. He played also for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #5. Former U20 international guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany). Hosszu could not help Kaiserslautern to beat Fellbach (2-0). He scored 5 points. The fifth-placed Kaiserslautern was badly defeated 85-66 on the road by the leading Fellbach in the South-West group. Hosszu is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kaiserslautern's roster. Hosszu's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the Hungarian U20 national team eleven years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Hungarian passport but never been selected to any of Hungarian national teams:

   #1. Momcilo Latinovic (198-G/F-89, college: N.Mexico Highlands, currently plays in United Kingdom) led London Lions to an easy victory against the league outsider Worcester Wolves (0-1) 88-72 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Latinovic recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. London Lions (2-0) is placed first in the BBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Latinovic has relatively good stats this season: 13.5ppg and 5.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #2. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Italy) could not help Openjobmetis VA (0-1) in their last game. Despite Hollis' good performance Openjobmetis VA was badly defeated 80-62 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) Umana Venezia. He recorded 12 points in a mere 15 minutes. It was his first game for Openjobmetis VA this season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #3. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help BV Villingen-Schwenningen (1-1) in their last game. Despite Fekete's good performance the sixth-placed BV Villingen-Schwenningen (1-1) lost 81-94 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#11) Speyer in the South-West group. He scored 12 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. This year Fekete's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 3.0apg in two games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

Other top Hungarian players, who play abroad:

Roland Torok (203-F/C-90) plays for UBT Cluj Napoca in Romanian Liga Nationala
Marcell Pongo (194-PG-97) plays for ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL
Mate Fazekas (210-C-0) plays for ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL
DeAndre Kane (195-F/G-89) plays for Maccabi T-A in Israeli Winner League
Marko Popadic (189-G-89) plays for Tajfun in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Davorin Kuntic (186-G-92) plays for Spartak Pleven in Bulgarian NBL
Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87) plays for Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Hungarian playing currently abroad. Go to Hungarian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Mike JACKSON
  Cimar.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Jackson, Cimar.30.3 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo14.3 
 3. Mainoldi, San M.12.3 
 4. Rodriguez, Flame.12.0 
 5. Carraway, Cimar.12.0 
 6. Ramon, Flamengo11.7 
 7. Keenan, San M.11.3 
 8. Rodriguez, Cimar.11.3 
 9. Wood, San M.11.3 
 10. Medina, Hebraica11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Cimar.10.3 
 3. Wood, San M.7.7 
 4. Jackson, Cimar.7.3 
 5. Williams, Hebraica6.0 
 6. Izaguirre, Hebraica5.0 
 7. Medina, Hebraica5.0 
 8. Faggiano, San M.4.7 
 9. Moreno, Cimarrones4.7 
 10. Rhett, Flamengo4.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Cimarrones
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5
 1. Moreno, Cimarrones5.0 
 2. Garcia-M., Hebra.4.5 
 3. Luis, Flamengo4.0 
 4. Faggiano, San M.4.0 
 5. Machado, Flamengo3.3 
 6. Wood, San M.3.0 
 7. Zanotta, Hebraica3.0 
 8. Lescano, San M.2.7 
 9. Cubillan, Flamengo2.7 
 10. Carraway, Cimar.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JACKSON
  Cimar.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Jackson, Cimar.3.7 
 2. Wood, San M.2.7 
 3. Rodriguez, Cimar.2.3 
 4. Faggiano, San M.2.0 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo2.0 
 6. Renteria, Cimar.1.7 
 7. Moreno, Cimarrones1.7 
 8. Carraway, Cimar.1.7 
 9. Mainoldi, San M.1.7 
 10. Garcia, San M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Amir CARRAWAY
  Cimar.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Carraway, Cimar.1.7 
 2. Izaguirre, Hebraica1.3 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.1.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Cimar.0.7 
 5. Mainoldi, San M.0.3 
 6. Rhett, Flamengo0.3 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo0.3 
 8. Garcia, San M.0.3 
 9. Wood, San M.0.3 
 10. Batista, Flamengo0.3 



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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Lehmon COLBERT
  UCC D.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 35
 1. Colbert, UCC D.35.0 
 2. Proby, DCU Saints30.7 
 3. OReilly, UCC D.24.3 
 4. Bonaparte, Templ.23.0 
 5. Oliver, Belfast Star22.0 
 6. Williams, Maree21.0 
 7. Andrews, KUBS19.7 
 8. Rockall, Maree19.3 
 9. Garrow, UCD Marian19.0 
 10. Roe, Killester18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dee PROBY
  DCU Saints
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Proby, DCU Saints19.3 
 2. Hansberry, Maree12.0 
 3. OReilly, UCC D.12.0 
 4. White, Eanna11.0 
 5. Provizors, DCU S.10.3 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee9.7 
 7. Baltimore, Swords T.9.7 
 8. Cairns, Belfast .9.3 
 9. Kulinicz, Belfast .8.7 
 10. McGuire, Moycullen8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Isaac WESTBROOKS
  Swords T.
  (189-PG-85)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Westbrooks, Swords T.10.3 
 2. Hosford, UCC D.9.7 
 3. Donaghy, Tralee5.7 
 4. Lyons, Moycullen5.7 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.5.5 
 6. Roe, Killester5.3 
 7. Rockall, Maree5.3 
 8. Kinevane, UCD M.5.0 
 9. Randolph, Templ.5.0 
 10. Drumm, UCD Marian4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Travis BLACK
  Swords T.
  (191-G-)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Black, Swords T.3.7 
 2. Randolph, Templ.3.5 
 3. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.3.0 
 4. Manning, Eanna3.0 
 5. Dunne, Eanna3.0 
 6. Sullivan, Killester2.7 
 7. James, Templeogue2.5 
 8. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.5 
 9. Dolenko, Swords T.2.3 
 10. Walsh, Templeogue2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Conroy BALTIMORE
  Swords T.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Baltimore, Swords T.2.7 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.5 
 3. Bedulskis, UCD M.2.5 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.2.3 
 5. Vall-Llobera, UCD M.2.0 
 6. Dunne, Eanna2.0 
 7. Kulinicz, Belfast .2.0 
 8. Randolph, Templ.2.0 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee2.0 
 10. Manning, Eanna2.0 


Proby's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old center Dee Proby (208-C-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for DCU Saints and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had a double-double of 38 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Moycullen (#4, 2-1) 85-78. Thanks to this victory DCU Saints moved-up to the 10th position in Irish league. DCU Saints is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game Proby had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be DCU Saints' top player in his first season with the team. Oklahoma City University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Proby is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.7ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 64.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Bonaparte (196-F-82) of Templeogue. He is Grenadian forward in his 3rd season at Templeogue. In the last game Bonaparte recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Templeogue lost that game 82-96 to Killester (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Bonaparte is one of the most experienced players at Templeogue and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 5.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Conroy Baltimore (198-F) of Swords Thunder (#5). Baltimore scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Swords Thunder, leading his team to a 91-66 easy win against Eanna (#7, 1-1). Swords Thunder needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Baltimore has a great season in Ireland. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.0rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clement Kulinicz) of Belfast Star - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Ciaran Roe (170-PG-93) of Killester - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ryan Oliver (196-G) of Belfast Star - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jordi Vall-Llobera (193-F-83) of UCD Marian - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84) of UCC Demons - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kyle Hosford (175-PG-89) of UCC Demons - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Irish Super League round 3 best performance: Lehmon Colbert - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Lehmon Colbert (198-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UCC Demons, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Swords Thunder (2-1) 96-95. UCC Demons is placed at 3rd position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. UCC Demons will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Colbert had a remarkable 63.2% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at UCC Demons, through which he has constantly improved. Former Jacksonville University star has very solid stats this year. Colbert is league's best scorer averaging so far 35.0ppg. Colbert is in league's top in and averages impressive 63.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Dee Proby (208-C-88) of DCU Saints. Proby had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 23 rebounds. Bad luck as DCU Saints lost that game 65-85 to Belfast Star (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Proby is a newcomer at DCU Saints, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.7ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 19.3rpg and 3.3apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was international guard Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue (#9). Murphy got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. Despite Murphy's great performance Templeogue lost 86-92 to Eanna (#7, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Templeogue not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victory. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Murphy could try to bring Templeogue's a little bit higher in the standings. Murphy has a very solid season. In 2 games in Ireland he scored 14.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of Templeogue - 21 points, 20 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84) of UCC Demons - 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Eoin Rockall (185-PG-98) of Maree - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Brian Andrews) of KUBS - 28 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ciaran Roe (170-PG-93) of Killester - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Brandon McGuire (193-F) of Moycullen - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tamron Manning (193-PG-93) of Eanna - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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  ISRAEL  


Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrate Winner Cup title in Holon - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi Tel Aviv 79-93

Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrate Winner Cup title in Holon. They coasted past Ironi Nahariya 93-79 to take the first trophy of the upcoming season. Maccabi Tel Aviv grabbed a 22-15 lead after the first 10 minutes and added a 27-21 rally in the second period. Moreover Maccabi notched a 24-21 run in the third quarter and did not mind a narrow 20-22 loss at the end of the game.
DeShaun Thomas (201-PF-91, college: Ohio St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 4 assists while Alex Tyus (203-C-88, college: Florida) had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Michael Roll (198-SG-87, college: UCLA) netted 14 points and added 6 assists, while John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) and Jonah Bolden (208-F/C-96, college: UCLA) contributed 11 points each. Alex Young (198-G/F-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) scored 23 points, Denzel Livingston (193-G-93, college: Incarnate Word) delivered 13 and Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) 12 for Ironi Nahariya.



Gal Mekel selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Israeli players, who play currently abroad.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, agency: BeoBasket, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Spain). He led Gran Canaria to a victory over the league outsider Zaragoza (0-2) 99-95 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night's game. Mekel was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points and added 3 passes in only a mere 14 minutes on the court. Herbalife Gran Canaria (2-0) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Mekel's first year with the team. This season Mekel averages: 9.5ppg, 5.0apg, 2FGP: 83.3% and FT: 75.0% in two games he played so far. Ex-Maccabi Bazan Haifa player is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy). Naimy was the main contributor in an Unieuro Forli's victory against the 12th-ranked Imola (0-1) 76-63 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Naimy recorded 22 points and added 8 assists in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Unieuro Forli this season. His team is placed eighth in East group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Naimy played for the Israeli national team in 2015.

D'Or Fischer
D'Or Fischer
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center D'Or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in Japan). He contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Yokohama BC (1-1) 73-56 in the Japanese B1 League in Friday night's game. Fischer recorded 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Shiga Lakestars (1-1) are placed third in West group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Fischer's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.5bpg, 2.5spg and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Fischer played for the Israeli national team two years ago. He used to play for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in Israeli league.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #4. Center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Czech Republic). Shoutvin could not help NH Ostrava (0-1) to beat CEZ Nymburk (1-0). He recorded 7 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for NH Ostrava this season. NH Ostrava was crushed 106-77 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) CEZ Nymburk. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Shoutvin used to play for the Israeli U22 national team back in 2011.

The list of other players, who all have Israeli passport but never been selected to any of Israeli national teams:

   #1. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Movil Estudiantes in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance his team was edged 76-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Groningen. Landesberg scored 18 points, 5 rebounds. Landesberg has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Landesberg is a naturalized American. Despite his Israeli passport, Landesberg previously played for the USA U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team. He used to play for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli league.

   #2. Dan Mazig (178-PG-88, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Brahe Basket in their game against RIG Mark (1-0) in the Swedish Basketettan (third division). He did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. Mazig scored only 2 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was his first game for Brahe Basket this season. The tenth-placed Brahe Basket (0-2) was crushed 89-37 at home by the higher-ranked RIG Mark (#4) in the South group. Mazig has been at the team for five years.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Tomer Levinson (206-F-0) plays for KK Vrijednosnice Osijek in Croatian A1
TJ Leaf (208-F-97) plays for Indiana Pacers in the NBA
Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) plays for Golden State Warriors in the NBA
Marios Matalon (186-G-89) plays for Apollon Patras in Greek A2
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for RSV Eintracht in German ProB
Maxim Kikus (188-SG-94) plays for Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala
Alon Sonenfeld (183-G-95) plays for Timba Timosoara in Romanian Liga Nationala
Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85) plays for Blokotehna in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga



Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Tel Aviv enter Winner Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Tel Aviv will clash for the Winner Cup title. They celebrated victories in the respective semifinal battles.
Ironi Nahariya topped Galil Gilboa 88:82. Alex Young (198-G/F-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Corey Webster (188-G-88, college: Lambuth) provided 22 points for the winners. Nahariya grabbed a 28;10 lead after the opening frame and never looked back en route to the win. DAngelo Harrison (193-SG-93, college: St.John's, agency: 3Eye) replied with 23 points for Galil Gilboa.
Maccabi Tel Aviv breezed past Maccabi Rishon Le Zion 86:60 behind 19 points from John DiBartolomeo (183-PG-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International). Jake Cohen (208-PF-90, college: Davidson) added 14 points for the winning side. Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) answered with 13 points for Maccabi Rishon Le Zion.



Burks scores 16, Jazz roll to 117-78 win over Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Alec Burks (6'6''-G-91, college: Colorado) is just happy to be healthy after missing 146 games the last three seasons due to ankle, knee, leg and shoulder issues. He's finally feeling like the versatile, athletic wing that the Utah Jazz were excited to sign to a multiyear extension in 2014. Burks scored 16 points and the Jazz cruised to a 117-78 preseason victory over Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday night. The Israeli team was the second international opponent the Jazz began the preseason against after beating the Sydney Kings 108-83 on Monday. "Game experience is all I needed," Burks said. "I'm healthy, feeling good. Trying to catch a rhythm. I'm just glad to be out there and not on the sideline hurt." Jazz coach Quin Snyder went deep into the roster and used the night to experiment with different lineups. The score was lopsided, but the Jazz are still searching for an offensive identity after the losses of Gordon Hayward and George Hill. "You always talk about it being about you and your performance and your standards," Snyder said. "So there's a number of things we didn't (do). ... A lot of little things you can use to teach and get better." Burks had a strong effort for the second consecutive game, knocking down 3 of 3 3-pointers and adding eight rebounds. Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) and Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) finished with 12 points apiece in limited playing time. Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) handed out five assists in his second game with Utah, but shot 0 for 4 from the floor and had six turnovers. Dante Exum showed good decision-making with nine points and six assists. Brandon Bowman (6'9''-F-84, college: Georgetown) led Maccabi with 28 points and former Atlanta Hawk Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) added 18 points and six rebounds. "Could have shot a little better from the floor," Smith said about his performance, "but after not playing since last February, being able to knock the rust off felt good and getting out there and playing against some high-level talent."
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Dominique JOHNSON
  Umana VE
  (192-SG-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. Johnson, Umana VE22.0 
 2. Smith, MIA-RO C.22.0 
 3. Aradori, Virtus B.21.0 
 4. Moore, VL Pesaro20.0 
 5. Barber, New B.19.0 
 6. Jones, Banco di Srd19.0 
 7. Shields, Dolomiti.19.0 
 8. Randolph, Banco d.18.0 
 9. Sims, Vanoli CR18.0 
 10. McGee, The F.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  EA7 A.
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 17
 1. Gudaitis, EA7 A.17.0 
 2. Jones, Banco di Srd17.0 
 3. Omogbo, VL Pesaro14.0 
 4. Lalanne, New B.12.0 
 5. Burns, MIA-RO C.12.0 
 6. Reynolds, Grissin .10.0 
 7. Washington, Fiat T.9.0 
 8. Mika, VL Pesaro9.0 
 9. Sane, Grissin .9.0 
 10. Sacchetti, Germa.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rok STIPCEVIC
  Banco d.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Stipcevic, Banco d.8.0 
 2. Slaughter, Virtus B.7.0 
 3. Giuri, New B.7.0 
 4. Garrett, Fiat TO7.0 
 5. Theodore, EA7 A.6.0 
 6. Forray, Dolomiti.6.0 
 7. Moore, The F.6.0 
 8. Haynes, Umana VE6.0 
 9. Diener, Vanoli CR5.0 
 10. Wells, Openjobm.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrus MCGEE
  The F.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. McGee, The F.6.0 
 2. Ferrero, Openjobm.5.0 
 3. Della-Valle, Grissin.4.0 
 4. Markoishvili, Grissin .3.0 
 5. Moore, Germani BR3.0 
 6. Forray, Dolomiti.3.0 
 7. Omogbo, VL Pesaro3.0 
 8. Leunen, Scandone AV3.0 
 9. Scrubb, Scandone AV3.0 
 10. Micov, EA7 Armani3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CROSARIOL
  MIA-RO C.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Crosariol, MIA-RO C.4.0 
 2. Silins, Dolomiti.2.0 
 3. NDiaye, Scandone AV2.0 
 4. Magro, The F.2.0 
 5. Kulboka, Betaland.1.0 
 6. Lawson, Virtus B.1.0 
 7. Biligha, Umana VE1.0 
 8. Milbourne, Vanoli C.1.0 
 9. Cervi, Grissin .1.0 
 10. Okoye, Openjobm.1.0 


Serie A Round 1 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Serie A just started.

Banco di Srd defeated MIA-RO Cantu in Sassari 94-80. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-80. Banco di Srd dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to MIA-RO Cantu's 40. They outrebounded MIA-RO Cantu 42-25 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Banco di Srd looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Kosovan Shawn Jones (203-92, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American guard Levi Randolph (196-92, college: Alabama) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MIA-RO Cantu will play next round against Vanoli Cremona trying to get back on the winning streak. Banco di Srd will try to continue on its current victory against Fiat TO in Torino.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Betaland Cdo (0-1) in Capo d'Orlando. Hosts were defeated by The Flexx PT (1-0) 73-57. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrus McGee (188-91, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds. Ronald Moore contributed with 8 points and 6 assists for the winners. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) answered with 17 points for Betaland Cdo. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The Flexx PT will play against New Basket BR (#12) in Brindisi in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Betaland Cdo will play on the road against Virtus Bologna to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Pesaro between Germani BR and VL Pesaro. Germani BR (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over VL Pesaro (0-1). Germani BR managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Lee Moore stepped up and scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. At the losing side Dallas Moore responded with 20 points and 4 assists. Germani BR will meet at home Scandone AV (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. VL Pesaro will play against Grissin Bon RE (#10) in Reggio Emilia and hope to win that game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Varese, where Openjobmetis VA (0-1) lost at home to Umana Venezia (1-0) 62-80. Dominique Johnson nailed 22 points for the winning side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be Dolomiti En. TR in Trento and it will be for sure the game of the week. Openjobmetis VA will play on the road against Armani Milano (#3) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 1 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Grissin Bon RE lost to undefeated Scandone AV in Avellino 62-66. Winless New Basket BR lost to undefeated Fiat TO at home 67-72. EA7 Armani won against Vanoli CR on the opponent's court 76-60. Dolomiti En. TR managed to outperform Virtus Bologna in a home game 78-74.
The best stats of 1st round was 17 points and 17 rebounds by Arturas Gudaitis of EA7 Armani.

Betaland Cdo - The Flexx PT 57-73

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Betaland Cdo (0-1) in Capo d'Orlando. Hosts were defeated by The Flexx PT (1-0) 73-57. The game was mostly controlled by The Flexx PT. Betaland Cdo was better in second period 17-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Tyrus McGee (188-91, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) contributed with 8 points and 6 assists for the winners. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) answered with 17 points and naturalized American guard Mirza Alibegovic (197-92) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Betaland Cdo. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The Flexx PT will play against New Basket BR (#12) in Brindisi in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Betaland Cdo will play on the road against Virtus Bologna to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
The Flexx PT: T.McGee 18+5reb+2ast, F.Mian 9+3reb, J.Bond 9+7reb+1ast, R.Gaspardo 8+4reb+2ast, R.Moore 8+4reb+6ast, D.Sanadze 7+3reb
Betaland Cdo: J.Edwards 17+3reb+3ast, M.Alibegovic 11+6reb+1ast, D.Inglis 9+8reb+1ast, M.Delas 8+5reb+1ast, J.Wojciechowski 8+4reb, A.Kulboka 4+1reb
gschID: 555021


Scandone AV - Grissin Bon RE 66-62

Scandone AV used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Reggio Emilia 66-62. It looked good early as Grissin Bon RE took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Scandone AV had a 14-8 second period charge getting the lead and Grissin Bon RE was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-66. 24 personal fouls committed by Grissin Bon RE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) nailed 18 points for the winning side and British-Canadian forward Thomas Scrubb (198-91) accounted for 7 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Jalen Reynolds (208-92, college: Xavier) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and French power forward Landing Sane (207-90) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Grissin Bon RE in the defeat. Grissin Bon RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Scandone AV's next round opponent will be Germani BR (#5) in Brescia. Grissin Bon RE will play at home against VL Pesaro (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: J.Rich 18+2reb+1ast, D.Wells 14+1reb+1ast, B.Fitipaldo 9+2reb+1ast, M.Leunen 8+4reb+3ast, A.Zerini 7+6reb, T.Scrubb 7+7reb+3ast
Grissin Bon RE: J.Reynolds 12+10reb+1ast, A.Della Valle 10+2reb+2ast, R.Cervi 10+1reb, L.Sane 9+9reb, G.Nevels 9+3reb, M.Markoishvili 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 555019


Openjobmetis V. - Umana VE 62-80

We should mention about the upset which took place in Varese, where Openjobmetis VA (0-1) lost at home to Umana Venezia (1-0) 62-80. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Openjobmetis VA was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Umana Venezia shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Openjobmetis VA's players. American Dominique Johnson (192-87, college: Azusa Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) nailed 22 points for the winning side and Lithuanian swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds. The former international swingman Giancarlo Ferrero (196-88, agency: Players Group) came up with 14 points and 5 steals and American guard Antabia Waller (191-88, college: Auburn) added 14 points respectively for Openjobmetis VA in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Umana Venezia's next round opponent will be Dolomiti En. TR in Trento and it will be for sure the game of the week. Openjobmetis VA will play on the road against Armani Milano (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: D.Johnson 22+3reb+2ast, G.Orelik 17+6reb+2ast, P.Biligha 9+1reb+2ast, M.Watt 9+3reb+1ast, M.Bramos 6+5reb+4ast, M.Haynes 6+5reb+6ast
Openjobmetis V.: A.Waller 14+2reb, G.Ferrero 14+4reb+1ast, D.Hollis 12+2reb, S.Okoye 6+7reb+1ast, M.Tambone 5, N.Pelle 5+6reb
gschID: 555023


New Basket BR - Fiat TO 67-72

But New Basket BR was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Torino 72-67. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-11 New Basket BR's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-67 at the end of the game. They outrebounded New Basket BR 41-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. American-Nigerian power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American point guard Diante Garrett (196-88, college: Iowa St.) accounted for 10 points and 7 assists. Fiat TO's coach Luca Banchi allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Marco Giuri (194-88) came up with 16 points and 7 assists and Haitian center Cady Lalanne (208-92, college: Massachusetts) added 9 points and 12 rebounds respectively for New Basket BR in the defeat. Fiat TO's next round opponent will be Banco di Srd in Sassari and it will be for sure the game of the week. New Basket BR will play on the road against The Flexx PT (#7) in Pistoia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fiat TO: T.Mbakwe 14+8reb+1ast, S.Vujacic 12+3reb+4ast, D.Garrett 10+3reb+7ast, D.Washington 7+9reb, V.Mazzola 5+1reb, A.Jones 5
New Basket BR: A.Barber 19+2ast, M.Giuri 16+3reb+7ast, S.Suggs 11+1reb, C.Lalanne 9+12reb+2ast, B.Randle 7+6reb+1ast, M.Tepic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 555022


Vanoli CR - EA7 Armani 60-76

But Vanoli Cremona was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Milano 76-60. It looked good early as Vanoli Cremona took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Armani Milano had a 22-15 second period charge getting the lead and Vanoli Cremona was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-76. Lithuanian power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Andrew Goudelock (190-88, college: Charleston) accounted for 16 points. Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. American center Henry Sims (208-90, college: Georgetown) came up with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul) added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Vanoli Cremona in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Armani Milano's next round opponent will be Openjobmetis VA (#13) in Varese which should be an easy win for them. Vanoli Cremona will play on the road against MIA-RO Cantu (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: A.Gudaitis 17+17reb, A.Goudelock 16+4reb, D.Bertans 15+1reb+1ast, V.Micov 13+2reb+1ast, J.Theodore 6+6reb+6ast, M.Cusin 4+3reb
Vanoli CR: H.Sims 18+5reb+1ast, L.Milbourne 10+3reb+2ast, D.Johnson-Odom 9+3reb+1ast, D.Diener 7+8reb, M.Ruzzier 6+1reb+3ast, M.Portannese 5+2reb
gschID: 555025


Banco di Srd - MIA-RO Cantu 94-80

Banco di Srd defeated MIA-RO Cantu in Sassari 94-80. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-80. Banco di Srd dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to MIA-RO Cantu's 40. They outrebounded MIA-RO Cantu 42-25 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Banco di Srd looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Kosovan Shawn Jones (203-92, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American guard Levi Randolph (196-92, college: Alabama) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Jaime Smith (190-89, college: Al.-Huntsville) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Five Banco di Srd and four MIA-RO Cantu players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. MIA-RO Cantu will play next round against Vanoli Cremona trying to get back on the winning streak. Banco di Srd will try to continue on its current victory against Fiat TO in Torino.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: S.Jones 19+17reb+1ast, L.Randolph 18+5reb+5ast, D.Pierre 13+6reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 11+4reb+8ast, M.Spissu 11+1reb+3ast, D.Planinic 10+6reb
MIA-RO Cantu: J.Smith 22+2ast, C.Burns 15+12reb+1ast, R.Culpepper 11+3reb+1ast, J.Chappell 10+3reb+3ast, C.Thomas 9+2reb+3ast, D.Cournooh 5+2ast
gschID: 555020


VL Pesaro - Germani BR 70-73

A very close game took place in Pesaro between Germani BR and VL Pesaro. Germani BR (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over VL Pesaro (0-1). Germani BR managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Germani BR made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. American guard Lee Moore (193-95, college: UTEP) stepped up and scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international Brian Sacchetti (200-86, agency: SPORTlab Agency) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four Germani BR players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Dallas Moore (185-94, college: N.Florida, agency: 3Eye) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and Nigerian-American forward Emmanuel Omogbo (203-95, college: Colorado St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Germani BR will meet at home Scandone AV (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. VL Pesaro will play against Grissin Bon RE (#10) in Reggio Emilia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Germani BR: L.Moore 17+8reb+4ast, M.Landry 16+3reb, L.Vitali 11+4reb+4ast, B.Sacchetti 11+9reb+1ast, M.Vitali 8+4reb, D.Hunt 6+6reb
VL Pesaro: D.Moore 20+2reb+4ast, M.Ceron 18+1reb, E.Omogbo 10+14reb+1ast, E.Mika 7+9reb, D.Monaldi 6+2ast, P.Bertone 5+5reb
gschID: 555024


Dolomiti En. TR - Virtus Bologna 78-74

Dolomiti En. TR used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Bologna 78-74. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Virtus Bologna was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 25-10 charge of Dolomiti En. TR, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Chane Behanan (198-92, college: Louisville) nailed 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Danish guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Dolomiti En. TR players scored in double figures. The former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) came up with 21 points and 5 rebounds and international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-92) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Virtus Bologna in the defeat. Dolomiti En. TR's next round opponent will be Umana Venezia (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Virtus Bologna will play against Betaland Cdo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dolomiti En. TR: S.Shields 19+5reb+2ast, C.Behanan 17+7reb+3ast, O.Silins 11+2reb, D.Sutton 10+5reb, F.Baldi Rossi 7, A.Forray 6+2reb+6ast
Virtus Bologna: P.Aradori 21+5reb+3ast, A.Gentile 15+6reb+2ast, M.Umeh 12+1ast, O.Lafayette 12+3reb+2ast, K.Lawson 8+6reb, M.Slaughter 6+7reb+7ast
gschID: 555018





CS Dinamo Bucuresti inks Alin Giani Zaharie - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Dinamo Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) signed 23-year old naturalized Italian forward Alin Giani Zaharie (198-94) from BCM U Pitesti. But in 21 Liga Nationala games he had just 1.5ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Zaharie played at Bawer Olimpia Matera in Italian Serie A2 where in 29 games he recorded only 2.9ppg and 2.7rpg.
He won Cup in 2015.
Zaharie has played previously professionally in Romania (BC Timisoara and BC II Timisoara) and Italy (Givova Scafati, Roseto Sharks and Bari).
He could be described: A promising forward with quck legs, athleticism and good outside shooting.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Italian Serie A round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Lithuanian Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for EA7 Armani and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 24-year old had a double-double of 17 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Vanoli CR (#14, 0-1) with 16-point margin 76-60. EA7 Armani is placed at 3rd position in Italian Serie A. But it's just the very beginning of the season and EA7 Armani won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Gudaitis turned to be EA7 Armani's top player in his first season with the team. Gudaitis has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 17.0rpg. Gudaitis

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American guard Lee Moore (193-G-95) of Germani BR. Moore impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Germani BR to edge VL Pesaro (0-1) by 3 points 73-70. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Moore is well-known by Germani BR fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 4.0apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Shawn Jones (203-PF-92) of top-ranked Banco di Srd. Jones scored 19 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Banco di Srd, leading his team to a 94-80 easy win against MIA-RO Cantu (#11, 0-1). Banco di Srd has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Jones also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Jones as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chane Behanan (198-F-92) of Dolomiti En. TR - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Shavon Shields (201-G-94) of Dolomiti En. TR - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Emmanuel Omogbo (203-F-95) of VL Pesaro - 10 points and 14 rebounds
7. Dominique Johnson (192-SG-87) of Umana VE - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rok Stipcevic (185-PG-86) of Banco di Srd - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Tyrus McGee (188-G-91) of The Flexx PT - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dyshawn Pierre (198-F-93) of Banco di Srd - 13 points and 6 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Best players of Italian Serie B round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Naturalized Swiss Olivier Giacomelli (198-SF-95, agency: Players Group) had an amazing evening in the last round for San Miniato and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 22-year old had a double-double of 23 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Libertas (#11, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 72-70. San Miniato is placed at 6th position in their group in Italian Serie B. But it's just the very beginning of the season and San Miniato won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Giacomelli had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at San Miniato and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Giacomelli has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 17.0rpg) and averages solid 3.0bpg and 66.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 38-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina power forward Njegos Visnjic (200-F/C-79) of Palestrina. Visnjic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Palestrina was edged by Scauri (1-0) 79-75. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Visnjic is a newcomer at Palestrina and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.0ppg (#2). He also registered 11.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-G-83) of Super Flavor M. (#15). Santolamazza showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Santolamazza's great performance Super Flavor M. lost 68-79 to Valsesia (#8, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Santolamazza as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edoardo Tiberti (205-C-97) of Rimini - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Porto S.Elpidio - 24 points and 11 rebounds
6. Giacomo Filippini (204-C/F-91) of Lugo - 28 points and 11 rebounds
7. Giovanni Bruni (185-PG-82) of Barcellona - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Giacomo Dell'Agnello (201-F/C-94) of Libertas - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Luca Bisconti (208-C/F-82) of Valmontone - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fabrizio Gialloreto (187-PG-87) of Fabriano - 33 points and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Ivorians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Amagou contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (1-2) 73-58 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 6 points and added 3 assists. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (3-0) is placed third in the ProA. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Amagou averages: 7.3ppg, 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Louri Frejus Zerbo (208-89, currently plays in France). He contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Chalon/Saor (0-3) crushing them 90-65 in the French ProA in Wednesday night's game. Zerbo scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Limoges CSP Eliteis placed seventh in the ProA. It's Zerbo's seventh season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 2.3ppg, 3.3rpg. Zerbo is another player who holds two passports: Burkinabe and Ivorian. He played for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Ismael N'Diaye
Ismael N'Diaye
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU, currently plays in Switzerland). N'Diaye contributed to Lakers' victory against the eighth-ranked Winterthur (1-0) 76-67 in the Swiss SBL last Saturday. He recorded 8 points in only 10 minutes. It was his first game for Lakers this season. His team are placed third in the SBL. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. N'Diaye played for the Ivorian national team one years ago.

Aboubacar Hima
Aboubacar Hima
   #4. Center Aboubacar Hima (207-94, currently plays in Spain) led Plasencia to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Navarra (0-1) 74-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was his first game for Plasencia this season. His team is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Hima is also Ivorian national team player.

Moussa Kone
Moussa Kone
   #5. Former international forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Aboubacar Hima in the Spanish LEB Silver last game. Kone. He could not help Navarra (0-1) to beat Plasencia (1-0). Kone recorded 6 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Navarra this season. Navarra lost 63-74 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#8) Plasencia. Kone has both American and Ivorian nationalities. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Issife Soumahoro
Issife Soumahoro
   #6. Swingman Issife Soumahoro (197-88, currently plays in France) led Brissac-Aubance to a victory over the league outsider SAP Vaucluse (0-2) 76-70 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Soumahoro was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points. Brissac-Aubance Basket (2-0) is placed first in the NM1. Soumahoro has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg. Soumahoro is international player as he played for the Ivorian senior team one years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Ivorian passport but never been selected to any of Ivorian national teams:

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) could not help Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost 58-73 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#17) Le Mans. Koffi was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Koffi has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg and 5.7rpg in three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Bazoumana Kone (190-G-93, college: Bremerhaven, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Braunschweig's victory against the 11th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1-1) 81-68 in the German BBL on Friday night. Kone recorded 9 points in 26 minutes. It was his first game for Braunschweig this season. His team is placed second in the BBL. Kone is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and German. Despite his Ivorian nationality, Kone currently plays for the German university national team and is not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.

   #3. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Agribertocchi OR in their game against Alma Trieste (1-0) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He recorded 7 points and added 3 assists in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Agribertocchi OR this season. The ninth-placed Agribertocchi OR (0-1) lost 73-78 at home to the leading Alma Trieste in the East group. Toure has both Ivorian and Italian nationalities. Despite his Ivorian passport, Toure previously played for the Italian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Ivorian team.



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  JAMAICA  


Durand Scott (ex Fiat TO) signs at the Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) landed 27-year old former Jamaican international swingman Durand Scott (196-92kg-90, college: Miami, FL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. The last season he played at New Basket Brindisi (also in Serie A) where in 28 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
Scott has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. Scott received also All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013. He was a member of Jamaican Senior National Team in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball Scott experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Scott has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros) and Spain (Blusens Monbus).
He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2013 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  KENYA  


KPA, Equity post victories - by Eurobasket News

Kenya Ports Authority survived a late rally from Tanzania's ABC to beat them 81-77 for their second straight win as the Fiba Africa Zone Five basketball club championships entered day two at Lugogo Indoor Courts in Kampala on Monday. This happened as championships debutants Equity Bank of Kenya beat Tanzania's Don Bosco 68-48 in their opening match at the same venue. Against ABC, the dockers who together with Rwanda Patriots and City Oil of Uganda are championships favourites, led 16-9 in the first quarter before racing to a 34-21 half time lead. Canada-based Desmond Owili (198-C/F), a replacement for Bush Wamukota who returned to the US two weeks ago, was KPA's game changer scoring a huge 21 points to lead the Kenyan side through a difficult last quarter. KPA were outscored in this quarter but had done just enough to walk away with the win. Other scorers for KPA, who have a difficult fixture against Uganda's Betway Power at 9pm on Tuesday were, Airel Okal and Victor Odendo (189-G/F-80), who contributed 11 points each. Frank Majura scored a game high 28 points to lead ABC, who have a date with Ethiopia's Gondar City on Tuesday.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke




KPA pummel Gondar to start strong at Zone V - by Eurobasket News

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) didn't need the services of Desmond Owily as they eased past Gondar City with a 108-35 win in their opening game of the 2017 Zone V Club Championship in Kampala. The former UCU Canons center is yet to be cleared by FIBA but was barely missed as Ariel Okall, Ramadan Arou and the rest of KPA cruised. Gonder scored the first six points of the game but only added two to end the quarter with a meager 8 against KPA's 28. The second quarter was even worse for Gonder as they only managed only 3 points to trail 11-61 at half time. Former City Oilers' forward Arou scored a game high 18 points while Antony Matongolo and Okal had 17 and 15 points respectively. Arou registered a double-double with 10 rebounds to accompany the 18 points while Samuel Ochola picked 11 boards. For Gondar City, only Lionel Mena, with 10 points, clocked double figures on the score chart. Reat Tut had 2 points and 10 rebounds as Gondar were subjected to rough start by the Kenyan giants. Both Gondar and KPA will have to face Betway Power as they are pooled together in Group B.
Courtesy of: kawowo.com



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  KOSOVO  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Arif MEHMETAJ
  Ylli
  (201-F-94)
  Avg: 26
 1. Mehmetaj, Ylli26.0 
 2. Malaj, Trepca25.0 
 3. Sadiku, Kerasan22.0 
 4. Qallaku, Peja21.0 
 5. Kovaqi, Peja19.0 
 6. Bessick, Ylli18.0 
 7. Latifaj, Kerasan18.0 
 8. Mekaj, Peja18.0 
 9. Uka, Peja15.0 
 10. Harmon, Ylli15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taylor BESSICK
  Ylli
  (206-F-)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bessick, Ylli13.0 
 2. Qallaku, Peja12.0 
 3. Sadiku, Kerasan10.0 
 4. Kovaqi, Peja10.0 
 5. Mehmetaj, Ylli8.0 
 6. Haxhiu, Trepca6.0 
 7. Ujkani, Kerasan6.0 
 8. Sahiti, Trepca6.0 
 9. Azemi, Ylli6.0 
 10. Gashi, Ylli5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Beq KOVAQI
  Peja
  (193-G/F-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kovaqi, Peja6.0 
 2. Mekaj, Peja5.0 
 3. Malaj, Trepca5.0 
 4. Harmon, Ylli4.0 
 5. Tahiri, Ylli4.0 
 6. Ahmeti, Kerasan3.0 
 7. Latifaj, Kerasan3.0 
 8. Haliti, Kerasan3.0 
 9. Bessick, Ylli3.0 
 10. Hajdari, Peja2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alban LATIFAJ
  Kerasan
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Latifaj, Kerasan2.0 
 2. Mucolli, Kerasan1.0 
 3. Sadiku, Kerasan1.0 
 4. Tahiri, Ylli1.0 
 5. Mehmetaj, Ylli1.0 
 6. Malaj, Trepca1.0 
 7. Bessick, Ylli1.0 
 8. Kadusha, Peja0.0 
 9. Hasani, Kerasan0.0 
 10. Harmon, Ylli0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alban LATIFAJ
  Kerasan
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Latifaj, Kerasan0.0 
 2. Kuqi, Ylli0.0 
 3. Zekiqi, Trepca0.0 
 4. Krasniqi, Ylli0.0 
 5. Uka, Peja0.0 
 6. Kovaqi, Peja0.0 
 7. Tahiri, Ylli0.0 
 8. Kosterci, Trepca0.0 
 9. Simnica, Kerasan0.0 
 10. Kasrati, Peja0.0 


Shawn Jones' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Kosovans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Kosovans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Shawn Jones
Shawn Jones
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Shawn Jones (203-92, college: Middle Tenn.St., currently plays in Italy). He led Banco di Srd to a victory over the 11th-ranked MIA-RO Cantu (0-1) 94-80 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Jones was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 17 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Banco di Srd this season. His team is placed first in the Serie A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Jones is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team. Strangely Jones has never played in Kosovo.

Erjon Kastrati
Erjon Kastrati
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Erjon Kastrati (198-94, currently plays in ABA League). He could not help Olimpija (1-1) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kastrati's good performance Olimpija was defeated 96-85 on the road by the higher-ranked Cibona (#5). He scored 11 points. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's Kastrati's first year with the team. This season Kastrati averages: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3FGP: 14.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian. Kastrati is in the roster of the Kosovan senior national team.

   #3. The Kosovan player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international guard Bardhosh Kelmeni (195-98, currently plays in Sweden). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked LF Future (1-2) crushing them 75-55 in the Swedish Superettan (second division) on Saturday night. Kelmeni scored 12 points, grabbed 4 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 30 minutes. Malbas Malmois placed in the Superettan. Kelmeni has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 64.7%(11-17), 3FGP: 33.3% in two games he played so far. He is also a member of the Kosovan U20 national team.

Fahri Breca
Fahri Breca
   #4. Guard Fahri Breca (190-85, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Duesseldorf (2-2) crushing them 93-60 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Tuesday night's game. Breca scored 12 points. Citybasket Recklinghausen (3-1) is placed sixth in West group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Breca's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and German. Breca used to play for the Kosovan national team last year.

Gezim Morina
Gezim Morina
   #5. International power forward Gezim Morina (204-92, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a KK Primorska's surprising victory against the seventh-ranked Siroki Primorka (2-2) 81-69 in the ABA League last Thursday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Sixt Primorskais placed 14th in the ABA League. This year Morina's overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 2.3rpg in three games. He has both Kosovan and Slovenian nationalities. Morina plays currently for the Kosovan national team.

Ulug Kacaniku
Ulug Kacaniku
   #6. Small forward Ulug Kacaniku (202-85, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Samsun in their game against Selcuklu (1-0) in the Turkish TBL (second division). Kacaniku recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was his first game for Samsun this season. Samsun lost 79-83 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#7) Selcuklu. Kacaniku is international player as he played for the Kosovan senior team one years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Kosovan passport:

   #1. Hekuran Pireva (C/F-86, currently plays in Sweden). He could not help Trelleborg (0-2) to beat LF Future (1-2). Pireva scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Trelleborg was edged 80-77 at home by the higher-ranked LF Future (#8). But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Pireva has been at the team for four years. His total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 6.0rpg.

Other top Kosovan players, who play abroad:

Scott Bamforth (188-G/F-89) plays for Banco di Srd in Italian Serie A
Kenan Sipahi (197-PG-95) plays for Besiktas in Turkish BSL
Ergin Grosha (211-C-93) plays for Bandirma Kirmizi in Turkish TBL
Dino Herc (190-G-99) plays for Hogsbo in Swedish Superettan
Gerti Shima (204-PF-86) plays for SK Tirana in Albanian Superliga
Valon Gashi (201-F/C-87) plays for Trelleborg in Swedish Superettan



SuperLeague Round 1: Sigal Prishtina defeat Bashkimi - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Liga e pare just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bashkimi (0-1) on the court of Sigal Prishtina on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sigal Prishtina 89-54. The game was mostly controlled by Sigal Prishtina. Bashkimi managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sigal Prishtina is looking forward to face Peja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bashkimi will play against Borea (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Peja (1-0) which played in Mitrovice against Trepca (0-1). Peja crushed hosts 93-70. Swingman Beq Kovaqi (193-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and Arian Qallaku chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds. Peja's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Musab Malaj (185-96) responded with 25 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Peja will play against Sigal Prishtina (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Trepca will play against Kerasan (#7) in Prishtina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also home loss of Kerasan in a game in Prishtina versus undefeated Xhebrailat 94-91. Kerasan was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Taylor Bessick nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Kushtrim Sadiku came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Kerasan in the defeat. Kerasan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Xhebrailat will meet at home Rahoveci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kerasan will play against Trepca and hope to win that game.
We should not miss anothera road victory of Rahoveci (1-0) who crushed Borea (0-1) by 29 points 111-82. Rahoveci's next round opponent will be Xhebrailat (#4) in Therande. Borea will play on the road against Bashkimi in Prizren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Sigal Prishtina - Bashkimi 89-54

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bashkimi (0-1) on the court of Sigal Prishtina on Wednesday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sigal Prishtina 89-54. The game was mostly controlled by Sigal Prishtina. Bashkimi managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sigal Prishtina is looking forward to face Peja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bashkimi will play against Borea (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Trepca - Peja 70-93

Another interesting game for Peja (1-0) which played in Mitrovice against Trepca (0-1). Peja crushed hosts 93-70. Peja shot 28 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Trepca only scored ten points from the stripe. Trepca was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Beq Kovaqi (193-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and international guard Arian Qallaku (195-92) chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds. Five Peja players scored in double figures. Peja's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Musab Malaj (185-96) responded with 25 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and X Haxhiu scored 12 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Peja will play against Sigal Prishtina (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Trepca will play against Kerasan (#7) in Prishtina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trepca: M.Malaj 25+2reb+5ast, B.Zekiqi 14+4reb+1ast, X.Haxhiu 12+6reb+2ast, A.Selmani 7+4reb+2ast, V.Haxhiu 5+3reb+1ast, Y.Sahiti 4+6reb
Peja: A.Qallaku 21+12reb+1ast, B.Kovaqi 19+10reb+6ast, L.Mekaj 18+1reb+5ast, R.Uka 15+2reb+2ast, A.Hajdari 15+3reb+2ast, E.Devolli 3
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Kerasan - Ylli 91-94

An interesting game was also home loss of Kerasan in a game in Prishtina versus undefeated Xhebrailat 94-91. Kerasan was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. American forward Taylor Bessick (206, college: Iona) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Arif Mehmetaj (201-94, college: Daemen) accounted for 26 points and 8 rebounds. Kushtrim Sadiku (193-96) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Alban Latifaj (185-91) added 18 points respectively for Kerasan in the defeat. Five Xhebrailat and four Kerasan players scored in double figures. Kerasan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Xhebrailat will meet at home Rahoveci in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kerasan will play against Trepca and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kerasan: K.Sadiku 22+10reb+2ast, A.Latifaj 18+3reb+3ast, R.Ahmeti 13+4reb+3ast, A.Haliti 10+3reb+3ast, G.Shala 10+3reb, K.Ujkani 8+6reb+1ast
Ylli: A.Mehmetaj 26+8reb, T.Bessick 18+13reb+3ast, M.Harmon 15+1reb+4ast, A.Gashi 13+5reb+2ast, B.Azemi 10+6reb, A.Tahiri 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 578565


Borea - Rahoveci 82-111

We should not miss anothera road victory of Rahoveci (1-0) who crushed Borea (0-1) by 29 points 111-82. Rahoveci's next round opponent will be Xhebrailat (#4) in Therande. Borea will play on the road against Bashkimi in Prizren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 578568





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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Roberts FREIMANIS
  Valka/Va.
  (204-F/C-91)
  Avg: 21
 1. Freimanis, Valka/Va.21.0 
 2. Poznaks, BK Ogre19.7 
 3. Iljins, Valmiera17.7 
 4. Jaunzems, LU17.5 
 5. Birkans, LU17.5 
 6. Eiduks, LU17.0 
 7. Freimanis, VEF R.16.0 
 8. Skele, Ventspils15.0 
 9. Leimanis, Betsafe/.15.0 
 10. Zakis, Ventspils14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurijs ALEKSEJEVS
  Jekabpils
  (202-C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils13.0 
 2. Benjamin, Betsafe/.11.0 
 3. Miculis, Valka/Va.9.0 
 4. Mejeris, VEF Riga8.0 
 5. Freimanis, Valka/Va.7.0 
 6. Hamilton, Ventspils6.7 
 7. Bruesewitz, Ventspils6.3 
 8. Iljins, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Gulbis, Ventspils6.3 
 10. Magone, Jekabpils6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Renars BIRKANS
  LU
  (184-PG-97)
  Avg: 8
 1. Birkans, LU8.0 
 2. Vitols, BK Ogre7.0 
 3. Scott, VEF Riga6.0 
 4. Leimanis, Betsafe/.6.0 
 5. Elksnis, Valmiera5.7 
 6. Ubilla, Ventspils5.3 
 7. Hill, Betsafe/.5.0 
 8. Zebergs, BK Ogre5.0 
 9. Kanbergs, Jekabpils4.0 
 10. Skele, Ventspils3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Toms LEIMANIS
  Betsafe/.
  (188-SG-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Leimanis, Betsafe/.3.0 
 2. Benjamin, Betsafe/.3.0 
 3. Raadik, Valka/Valga3.0 
 4. Mejeris, VEF Riga2.5 
 5. Hamilton, Ventspils2.3 
 6. Zebergs, BK Ogre2.3 
 7. Virsis, Jekabpils2.0 
 8. Skele, Ventspils2.0 
 9. Freimanis, VEF R.2.0 
 10. Miglinieks, Valka/Va.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike BRUESEWITZ
  Ventspils
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bruesewitz, Ventspils1.3 
 2. Kanbergs, Jekabpils1.0 
 3. Niedra, BK Ogre1.0 
 4. Benjamin, Betsafe/.1.0 
 5. Gromovs, VEF Riga1.0 
 6. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.0 
 7. Labuckas, VEF Riga1.0 
 8. Mezulis, LU1.0 
 9. Jaunzems, LU0.5 
 10. Ate, VEF Riga0.5 


Zanis Peineris selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Latvians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Zanis Peineris
Zanis Peineris
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Zanis Peineris (203-90, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Lietkabelis to a victory over the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (3-1) 97-81 in the Lithuanian LKL in Wednesday night's game. Peineris was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points in 21 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panevezys Lietkabelis (5-0) is placed first in the LKL. So far his team won all five games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Peineris' first year with the team. Peineris has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 48.3% in five games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Italy). Bertans contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (0-1) 76-60 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded 15 points. It was his first game for Armani Milano this season. His team is placed third in the Serie A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Bertans is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Lejasmeiers
Davis Lejasmeiers
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Poland). He was the major contributor in a Miasto Szkla's victory against the 13th-ranked GTK (0-1) 82-76 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Lejasmeiers recorded 15 points and added 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Miasto Szkla this season. His team is placed fourth in the PLK. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Lejasmeiers is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #4. Power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against one of league's weakest teams Virtus Bologna (0-1) 78-74 in the Italian Serie A in Saturday night's game. He recorded 11 points and blocked 2 blocks. It was his first game for Dolomiti En. TR this season. His team is placed second in the Serie A. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Silins is also Latvian national team player.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #5. International power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) helped Baloncesto Fuenlabrada edge in an overtime the 14th-ranked Andorra (0-2) 95-94 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Wednesday. He scored 10 points in 24 minutes. Montakit Fuenlabrada (2-0) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It's Smits' first season with the team. This year Smits averages: 9.5ppg and 3.0rpg in two games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #6. Center Anzejs Pasecniks (218-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain) helped Gran Canaria win their game against the eighth-ranked Gipuzkoa (1-1) 84-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Pasecniks recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Herbalife Gran Canaria (2-0) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. Pasecniks' overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 4.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #7. An experienced international shooting guard Janis Blums (191-82, currently plays in Spain) could not help Zaragoza (0-2) in their last game. Despite Blums' very good performance the bottom-ranked Zaragoza lost 95-99 at home to the second-ranked Gran Canaria. He was the top scorer with 26 points in 25 minutes. Blums has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.5ppg and 2.5rpg in two games. Blums is also Latvian national team player.

Martins Laksa
Martins Laksa
   #8. Small forward Martins Laksa (200-90, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Blusens Monbus in their game against Valencia Basket (2-0) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 8 points. Blusens Monbus was defeated 80-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Valencia Basket (#5). Laksa's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 1.5rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team last year.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #9. International forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baskonia (0-1) in their last game. Despite Timma's very good performance Baskonia lost 82-87 in Barcelona to the higher-ranked (#6) FC Barcelona. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Baskonia this season. Timma is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Arturs Ausejs
Arturs Ausejs
   #10. Guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90, currently plays in Lithuania) helped P.Zvaigzdes win their game against the closely-ranked Dzukija (1-4) crushing them 95-73 in the Lithuanian LKL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (1-2) is placed sixth in the LKL. Ausejs' overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international small forward Roberts Stumbris (199-93, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Lithuanian team Nevezis win their game against Rilski crushing them 91-62 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Stumbris scored 8 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 26 minutes. This year Stumbris' overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5bpg in two games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international power forward Maris Ziedins (203-90, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help Rapla in their game against Kalev/Cramo in the Estonian Alexela KML. Ziedins recorded 9 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. It was his first game for Rapla this season. His team was edged in an overtime 78-76. Ziedins used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international center Andrejs Selakovs (207-88, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Dzukija win their game against the league outsider Vytautas 84-80 in the Lithuanian LKL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. This year Selakovs' total stats are: 4.4ppg and 6.0rpg in five games. He used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international forward Karlis Apsitis (199-92, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Vytautas in their game against Neptunas in the Lithuanian LKL. Apsitis scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 94-78. Apsitis has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 4.7rpg. He used to play for the Latvian U19 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U20 international center Ricmonds Vilde (211-90, college: Houston Baptist, currently plays in Japan) helped Tokyo Z edge the third-ranked Orange Vikings 88-86 in the Japanese B2 League on Sunday night. Vilde scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. This year Vilde has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 7.0rpg in two games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team seven years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Latvian passport but never been selected to any of Latvian national teams:

   #1. Alvis Eglitis (198-C-85, currently plays in Norway) contributed to an Asker Aliens' victory against the closely-ranked Kongsberg (2-1) 89-76 in the Norwegian BLNO in Thursday night's game. Eglitis scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Asker Aliens BC (4-0) is placed first in the BLNO. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. Eglitis has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg in three games he played so far.

   #2. Karlis Helmanis (200-F-97, currently plays in Norway) was the major contributor in a 3-point Ammerud Bskt's victory against the closely-ranked Gimle BBK (2-2) 62-59 in the Norwegian BLNO last Sunday. Helmanis recorded 16 points. Ammerud Basket Oslo (2-2) is placed fifth in the BLNO. Helmanis has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg and 3.8rpg.

   #3. Ronalds Elksnis (205-C-92, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Dragons Rhoendorf TV in a victory against the fifth-ranked Bayer Giants (1-1) 90-72 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points in 12 minutes. Dragons Rhoendorf TV (3-0) is placed first in South group. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. This year Elksnis averages only 5.0ppg in two games.

   #4. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland). He could not help DCU Saints (1-2) to beat Belfast Star (3-0). Provizors scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in only 2 minutes. DCU Saints was badly defeated 85-65 at home by the leading Belfast Star. Provizors has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3bpg and 1.7spg in three games.



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  LEBANON  


Vukosavljevic comes back to Tadamon - by Eurobasket News

Tadamon Zouk (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 33-year old Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Zouk as he has played here before. Vukosavljevic is not a newcomer in Lebanese League where he played last season at Hoops (Pepsi LBL). In 9 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 11.3rpg and 2.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Vukosavljevic played at Tadamon. In 26 Pepsi LBL games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 10.1rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vukosavljevic's team made it to the Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team back in 2014.
Vukosavljevic was a member of Serbian University National Team in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Vukosavljevic's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Vukosavljevic has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Oostende), Turkey (Aliaga), Montenegro (Lovcen), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Crvena Zvezda, Vrsac and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Ukraine (Polit-Halychyna and BC Donetsk).

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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mike JACKSON
  Cimar.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Jackson, Cimar.30.3 
 2. Vieira, Flamengo14.3 
 3. Mainoldi, San M.12.3 
 4. Rodriguez, Flame.12.0 
 5. Carraway, Cimar.12.0 
 6. Ramon, Flamengo11.7 
 7. Keenan, San M.11.3 
 8. Rodriguez, Cimar.11.3 
 9. Wood, San M.11.3 
 10. Medina, Hebraica11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.0 
 2. Rodriguez, Cimar.10.3 
 3. Wood, San M.7.7 
 4. Jackson, Cimar.7.3 
 5. Williams, Hebraica6.0 
 6. Izaguirre, Hebraica5.0 
 7. Medina, Hebraica5.0 
 8. Faggiano, San M.4.7 
 9. Moreno, Cimarrones4.7 
 10. Rhett, Flamengo4.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  Cimarrones
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 5
 1. Moreno, Cimarrones5.0 
 2. Garcia-M., Hebra.4.5 
 3. Luis, Flamengo4.0 
 4. Faggiano, San M.4.0 
 5. Machado, Flamengo3.3 
 6. Wood, San M.3.0 
 7. Zanotta, Hebraica3.0 
 8. Lescano, San M.2.7 
 9. Cubillan, Flamengo2.7 
 10. Carraway, Cimar.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike JACKSON
  Cimar.
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Jackson, Cimar.3.7 
 2. Wood, San M.2.7 
 3. Rodriguez, Cimar.2.3 
 4. Faggiano, San M.2.0 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo2.0 
 6. Renteria, Cimar.1.7 
 7. Moreno, Cimarrones1.7 
 8. Carraway, Cimar.1.7 
 9. Mainoldi, San M.1.7 
 10. Garcia, San M.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Amir CARRAWAY
  Cimar.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Carraway, Cimar.1.7 
 2. Izaguirre, Hebraica1.3 
 3. Rodriguez, Flame.1.0 
 4. Rodriguez, Cimar.0.7 
 5. Mainoldi, San M.0.3 
 6. Rhett, Flamengo0.3 
 7. Vieira, Flamengo0.3 
 8. Garcia, San M.0.3 
 9. Wood, San M.0.3 
 10. Batista, Flamengo0.3 


Flamengo claim top position in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Cimarrones - Flamengo 70-80
Flamengo beat Cimarrones to top Group A. Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) and Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) scored 14 points each to lead the Brazilian side. Flamengo accumulated a 42:29 halftime lead. Cimarrones used a strong 29:11 run in the third term to take the lead. But Flamengo bounced back with a 27:12 rally in the final period to snatch the victory. David Cubillan (181-PG-87, college: Marquette, agency: Pro Sports) contributed 13 points for Flamengo. Mike Jackson (190-G-87) responded with 33 points for Cimarrones.

Hebraica - San Martin C. 63-74
San Martin Corrientes ended their Liga Sudamericana campaign on a winning note. They knocked down Hebraica to improve at 1-2 record. Leonardo Mainoldi (203-PF-85) scored 19 points to pace the Argentinean team. Hebraica eked out a 33:31 halftime lead. But San Martin picked up the tempo in the second half. They sank 43 points after the long break and raced to the victory. Lucas Faggiano (189-PG-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) accounted for 16 points in the win. Facundo Medina (190-PG-94) replied with game-high 28 points for Hebraica.




Cimarrones and Flamengo advance into semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

San Martin C. - Cimarrones 76-81
Cimarrones toppled San Martin Corrientes to secure the semifinal round berth. Mike Jackson (190-G-87) scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Colombian team. San Martin Corrientes recorded a 45:44 halftime lead. Cimarrones however turned things around in the third term. The hosts used a 20:13 run in the period to take a 6-point lead. Cimarrones protected the lead throughout the final stanza and raced to the victory. Amir Carraway (198-G/F-91, college: Chico St.) provided 14 points in the win. Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) replied with 17 points for San Martin Corrientes.

Hebraica - Flamengo 57-91
Flamengo coasted past Hebraica for the second straight win in Group A. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) scored 18 points to pace the Brazilian team. Flamengo recorded a 42:33 halftime lead. They followed with a massive 31:11 run in the third term to clear off for good. Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Hebraica.




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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Juan PALACIOS
  Neptunas
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Palacios, Neptunas16.6 
 2. Echodas, Lietuvos.14.4 
 3. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.14.3 
 4. Reinhardt, Dzukija14.2 
 5. Klimavicius, Vytautas14.0 
 6. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes13.7 
 7. Carter, Lietuvos.13.6 
 8. Woodard, Nevezis13.0 
 9. Seibutis, Neptunas12.8 
 10. Kupsas, Juventus12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  P.Zvaigzdes
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Bobrov, P.Zvaigzdes7.3 
 2. Birutis, Siauliai7.3 
 3. Echodas, Lietuvos.7.2 
 4. Peterson, Lietuvos.6.4 
 5. Urbutis, Siauliai6.3 
 6. Linkevicius, Vytautas6.3 
 7. Kupsas, Juventus6.3 
 8. Carter, Lietuvos.6.2 
 9. Dimsa, Vytautas6.0 
 10. Selakovs, Dzukija6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  Lietuvos.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Kramer, Lietuvos.6.6 
 2. Williams, Lietkabelis6.0 
 3. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Girdziunas, Neptu.5.0 
 5. Micic, Zalgiris4.8 
 6. Ireland, Juventus4.5 
 7. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.4.3 
 8. Bost, Zalgiris4.0 
 9. Palacios, Neptunas4.0 
 10. Dimsa, Vytautas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arnas BUTKEVICIUS
  Neptu.
  (197-SF-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Butkevicius, Neptu.3.0 
 2. Matulis, Nevezis2.0 
 3. Seibutis, Neptunas2.0 
 4. Harrow, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 5. Lekunas, P.Zvaigz.1.7 
 6. Ausejs, P.Zvaigzdes1.7 
 7. Lukauskis, Lietuvos.1.6 
 8. Williams, Lietkabelis1.6 
 9. Bickauskis, Juven.1.5 
 10. Bost, Zalgiris1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikita BALASHOV
  P.Zvaigz.
  (207-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.2.0 
 2. Zhukanenko, P.Zvaigz.1.7 
 3. Cepukaitis, Lietkabe.1.2 
 4. Likhodey, Nevezis1.0 
 5. Galdikas, Neptunas1.0 
 6. Kupsas, Juventus1.0 
 7. Dendy, Juventus0.8 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris0.8 
 9. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.8 
 10. Sabeckis, Siauliai0.8 


Arturas Gudaitis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Lithuanians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Lithuanians who are currently playing abroad.

Arturas Gudaitis
Arturas Gudaitis
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Arturas Gudaitis (211-93, currently plays in Italy). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the 14th-ranked Vanoli Cremona (0-1) 76-60 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Gudaitis was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Armani Milano this season. His team is placed third in the Serie A. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Gudaitis is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the 13th-ranked Openjobmetis VA (0-1) 80-62 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Orelik recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Umana Venezia this season. His team is placed eighth in the Serie A. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Orelik is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Paulius Dambrauskas
Paulius Dambrauskas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international guard Paulius Dambrauskas (195-85, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Poland). He contributed to a MKS Dabrowa Gornicza's victory against the 14th-ranked Twarde Pierniki (0-1) 89-76 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. Dambrauskas recorded 14 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for MKS Dabrowa Gornicza this season. His team is placed fifth in the PLK. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Dambrauskas played for the Lithuanian U22 national team two years ago.

Julius Jucikas
Julius Jucikas
   #4. Power forward Julius Jucikas (205-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Latvia) helped Ventspils win their game against the closely-ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-1) crushing them 85-58 in the Latvian LBL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (3-0) is placed second in the LBL. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. It's Jucikas' first season with the team. This year Jucikas averages: 8.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2011.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #5. International forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in an ALBA Berlin's victory against the league outsider ratiopharm Ulm (0-2) 72-68 in the German BBL last Saturday. Grigonis was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points in 25 minutes. It was his first game for ALBA Berlin this season. His team is placed tenth in the BBL. Grigonis plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #6. An experienced center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Budivelnyk win their game against the sixth-ranked Cherkasy (0-1) crushing them 87-53 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Friday night. He recorded 8 points. It was his first game for Budivelnyk this season. His team is placed first in the Superleague. Anisimovas is a former university international player as he played for the Lithuanian team ten years ago.

Tauras Jogela
Tauras Jogela
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Poland) helped Wilki Morskie win their game against one of league's weakest teams Legia (0-1) crushing them 86-66 in the Polish PLK in Monday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. King Szczecin (1-1) is placed eighth in the PLK. Jogela has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg in two games he played so far. He used to play for the Lithuanian U22 national team two years ago.

Zygimantas Janavicius
Zygimantas Janavicius
   #8. Guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Germany) helped Braunschweig win their game against the 11th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1-1) 81-68 in the German BBL last Friday. Janavicius recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. It was his first game for Braunschweig this season. His team is placed second in the BBL. Janavicius used to play for the Lithuanian national team last year.

Deividas Dulkys
Deividas Dulkys
   #9. International shooting guard Deividas Dulkys (195-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Istanbul BBSK in their last game. Despite his very good performance his team was edged 90-89 at home by the lower-ranked Khimik. Dulkys was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 34 minutes. This year Dulkys has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.7apg in three games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Gilvydas Biruta
Gilvydas Biruta
   #10. Power forward Gilvydas Biruta (203-91, college: Rhode Island, currently plays in France) helped JL Bourg win their game against the 16th-ranked JDA Dijon (0-3) 87-74 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Biruta scored 9 points. JL Bourg Basket (2-1) is placed sixth in the ProA. This season Biruta averages only 9.0ppg. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91, currently plays in France) helped Souffelweyersheim win their game against the closely-ranked SO Maritime Boulogne crushing them 93-73 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Staniulis scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. Staniulis has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 7.5rpg and 3.0apg in two games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international power forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93, currently plays in Germany) managed to help s.Oliver Wuerzburg to win against the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets 76-73 in the German BBL on Friday night. Olisevicius recorded only 3 points. It was his first game for s Oliver Baskets this season. Olisevicius used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former University international guard Martynas Mazeika (192-85, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Estonia) helped Kalev/Cramo edge in an overtime the league outsider Rapla 78-76 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Thursday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Kalev/Cramo this season. Mazeika used to play for the Lithuanian university national team eight years ago.

   #14. International forward Eimantas Bendzius (204-90, currently plays in Spain) helped Blusens Monbus win their game against the league outsider Zaragoza 80-74 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He recorded 8 points. Bendzius' overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 2.5rpg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international shooting guard Martynas Paliukenas (191-93, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tauras Jogela and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Paliukenas helped Wilki Morskie win their game against one of league's weakest teams Legia crushing them 86-66. He recorded 8 points in 28 minutes. This year Paliukenas' overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5spg in two games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team four years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Lithuanian passport but never been selected to any of Lithuanian national teams:

   #1. John Shurna (204-PF-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Spain) could not help Andorra (0-2) in their last game. Despite Shurna's good performance Andorra lost 88-94 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Real Madrid. He recorded 10 points in 28 minutes. This year Shurna's total stats are: 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Experienced Vilius Sumskis (215-F-84, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Norway) led Fyllingen BBK to a 2-point victory against the league outsider Baerum Basket (0-4) 87-85 in the Norwegian BLNO last Saturday. He scored 14 points. Fyllingen BBK (3-0) is placed second in the BLNO. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. Sumskis averaged so far 13.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.7apg.

   #3. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help Steaua CSM in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance his team was badly defeated 91-75 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Kormend. Runkauskas scored 13 points and added 4 assists. It was his first game for Steaua CSM this season.

   #4. Robertas Grabauskas (208-C-90, agency: HMS, college: Northwood, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Caceres Basket (0-1) in their game against La ICL Manresa (1-0) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Grabauskas recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was his first game for Caceres Basket this season. But Caceres Basket lost 73-81 in Manresa to the higher-ranked (#4) La ICL.

   #5. Mike Bedulskis (206-F-92, college: Rollins, currently plays in Ireland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams KUBS (0-3) 76-58 in the Irish Super League on Saturday night. Bedulskis scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. UCD Marian Dublin (2-0) is placed second in the Super League. Bedulskis' total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 2.5bpg.

   #6. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Boncourt in their game against Monthey in the Swiss SBL, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Danys also added 8 rebounds in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Boncourt this season. But his team was badly defeated by 19 points 89-70.

   #7. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lorient in their game against UB Chartres in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Milka was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Milka has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5spg.

   #8. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a SG Schwelmer Baskets' victory against the 12th-ranked Karlsruhe SC 62-56 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Mikutis scored 7 points in 22 minutes. This year Mikutis' total stats are: 8.5ppg and 2.5rpg in two games.

   #9. Justas Rimkus (198-C-95, currently plays in Germany) helped Crailsheim II edge the 13th-ranked Kronberg 76-74 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Crailsheim II this season.

   #10. Tomas Romanovskij (187-SG-95, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help GGZ Baskets in their game against Oberhaching in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Romanovskij scored 10 points and added 3 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Romanovskij's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg.



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Phoenix Galati signs Eugeniu Melnic, ex Admirals UTM - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) signed experienced 38-year old Moldovan international swingman Eugeniu Melnic (196-79). He played last season at Admirals UTM Chisnau in Moldovan Divizia Nationala. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final.
The previous (15-16) season Melnic played at BC Donbasket-USM Donduseni (also in Divizia Nationala). He contributed to his team winning the Cup and end the regular season as the second best team in the league. A very impressive season as he was named to Moldovan All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Melnic won Moldovan League championship title in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Moldovan League Player of the Year back in 2014.
Melnic represented Moldova at the European Championship for Small Countries in Moldova last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%.
Melnic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Azerbaijan (Baku and Gala-Atena), Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Romania (Targu Mures, Gaz Metan, Rm Valcea and CS BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca) and Moldova (BC UASM Chisinau).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Phoenix Galati.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Teodo Tivat tabs Vasilije Vusovic - by Darko Pekic

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) inked 23-year old shooting guard Vasilije Vusovic (191-94). The last time (13-15) he played at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Vusovic missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Among other achievements Vusovic's team made it to the League Semifinals for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
He represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Crete seventeen years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 7.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT-2 (92.9%).
Vusovic has played previously for two other teams: KK Podgorica and Sutjeska.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mihailo Sekulovic (ex Lille) agreed terms with Teodo Tivat - by Darko Pekic

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-97kg-91). He was about to sign at Lille Metropole Basket in French ProB. The last season Sekulovic played at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL where in 27 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 9.0rpg (#4 in the league) and 2.1apg. Sekulovic helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention.
He represented Montenegro at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.9ppg, 2.4rpg.
Sekulovic has played also professionally in Bosnia (Sloboda Tuzla and HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar), Hungary (Kaposvari) and Montenegro (Mornar Bar, Mogren, Zeta and KK Zeta 2011 Golubovci).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jedinstvo inks Elvis Cekic - by Darko Pekic

KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje (Erste Liga) signed 20-year old forward Elvis Cekic (201-97) from S.Centar. In 25 Erste Liga games he had 13.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4spg and 1.4bpg last season.
Cekic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3spg, Blocks-4 (1.9bpg), FGP: 55.6%, FT: 64.3%.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NBA  


Pistons blow big lead, fall to Hornets 108-106 - by Eurobasket News

The Pistons cruised out to a 32-27 lead in the first quarter as they were led by an engaged Andre Drummond (6'10''-C-93, college: Connecticut). He had 13 points on mostly rim runs and putback finishes. He also did a pretty good job protecting the rim. The Pistons moved the ball well and were hitting their shots. That trend continued into the second quarter as the bench brigade got involved. Henry Ellenson hit a three, Luke Kennard (6'5''-G-96, college: Duke) hit a three, and Langston Galloway (6'2''-G-91, college: St.Joseph's) hit a three. The Pistons sprinted out to a 63-45 lead at halftime and it looked like they were going to run away with it. Everybody was hitting their shots and they looked like a team in midseason form. Then the second half happened...everybody on the Pistons forgot how to shoot and Charlotte was firing on all cylinders. The Pistons did not record their first field goal of the third quarter until six minutes in. The Pistons would hold onto a one point lead heading into the final frame. The fourth quarter was pretty competitive and the Pistons had a chance to win down by one with the ball and eight seconds on the clock. However, Tobias Harris (6'9''-F-92, college: Tennessee) dribbled into traffic and lost the ball to Frank Kaminsky (7'0''-F-93, college: Wisconsin). The good thing is this is preseason, so it doesn't count. There were a few bright spots for the Pistons. Andre Drummond finished the game with 16 points, but more impressively was 6-8 (!) from the free throw line after unveiling a new free throw release. Luke Kennard was also solid with 10 points. He was hitting his shots and it is going to be tough for Stan Van Gundy to keep him off the court. Jon Leuer (6'10''-F-89, college: Wisconsin) looked like first half of last season Jon Leuer with 12 points on 5-6 shooting. The Hornets were carried in the second half by their first round pick Malik Monk (6'4''-G-98, college: Kentucky), who finished with 19 points. Frank Kaminsky finished with 13 points and got into a bit of a back-and-forth with Tobias Harris late in the game. The Pistons will face the Hawks on Friday at 7 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena.
Courtesy of: detroitboys.com



Burks scores 16, Jazz roll to 117-78 win over Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

Alec Burks (6'6''-G-91, college: Colorado) is just happy to be healthy after missing 146 games the last three seasons due to ankle, knee, leg and shoulder issues. He's finally feeling like the versatile, athletic wing that the Utah Jazz were excited to sign to a multiyear extension in 2014. Burks scored 16 points and the Jazz cruised to a 117-78 preseason victory over Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday night. The Israeli team was the second international opponent the Jazz began the preseason against after beating the Sydney Kings 108-83 on Monday. "Game experience is all I needed," Burks said. "I'm healthy, feeling good. Trying to catch a rhythm. I'm just glad to be out there and not on the sideline hurt." Jazz coach Quin Snyder went deep into the roster and used the night to experiment with different lineups. The score was lopsided, but the Jazz are still searching for an offensive identity after the losses of Gordon Hayward and George Hill. "You always talk about it being about you and your performance and your standards," Snyder said. "So there's a number of things we didn't (do). ... A lot of little things you can use to teach and get better." Burks had a strong effort for the second consecutive game, knocking down 3 of 3 3-pointers and adding eight rebounds. Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) and Joe Ingles (6'8''-SF-87) finished with 12 points apiece in limited playing time. Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) handed out five assists in his second game with Utah, but shot 0 for 4 from the floor and had six turnovers. Dante Exum showed good decision-making with nine points and six assists. Brandon Bowman (6'9''-F-84, college: Georgetown) led Maccabi with 28 points and former Atlanta Hawk Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) added 18 points and six rebounds. "Could have shot a little better from the floor," Smith said about his performance, "but after not playing since last February, being able to knock the rust off felt good and getting out there and playing against some high-level talent."
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



The Bucks released James Young - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks released 22-year old swingman James Young (198-98kg-95, college: Kentucky).
The last season Young played at the Celtics where in 38 NBA games he had just 2.2ppg. Young helped them to win the Atlantic Division title.
Three years ago he was drafted by Boston Celtics in first round (17th overall). Young attended University of Kentucky until 2014 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
He was voted SEC All-Freshman Team back in 2014 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Bucks add Munford to their roster, ex FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks added to their roster 25-year old American international guard Xavier Munford (188-82kg-92, college: Rhode Island). He played last season at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. Munford managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 6 Liga Endesa games he recorded just 2.0ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Munford also played 5 games in Euroleague where he averaged only 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg. The other team he played that season for was another team Greensboro Swarm. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-FIBA AmeriCup Honorable Mention.
Munford has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2014 Maine Red Claws selected him in third round (51st overall) in the D-League draft.
The former Rhode Island University standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Munford's team won D-League Showcase Cup in 2015. He was also voted USBWA All-District I 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time. Munford was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for three other NBA teams: LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Northern Arizona Suns.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Raptors, Norman Powell Agree To Extension - by Eurobasket News

The Raptors have reached an agreement on a contract extension with swingman Norman Powell (6'4''-G-93, college: UCLA), reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. According to Wojnarowski, the deal - which will go into effect for the 2018/19 season - will be worth $42MM over four years, and includes a player option for the final season. Powell, 24, is entering his third year in the NBA, but wasn't a first-round pick when he entered the league, which makes him eligible for a contract extension a year earlier than many of his fellow 2015 draftees. For a player in Powell's position, the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement allows for an extension with a starting salary worth up to 120% of the estimated average salary, with subsequent 8% annual raises. It looks like that's the deal he'll get - Josh Richardson, another 2015 second-rounder, signed a similar extension with the Heat earlier in the offseason. A former UCLA standout, Powell took on a more significant role in his second season with the Raptors, averaging 8.4 PPG and 2.2 RPG in 76 regular season contests (18.0 MPG). Powell's minutes increased following the February trade of Terrence Ross, and he was a key contributor in the postseason, upping his averages to 11.7 PPG and 3.1 RPG to go along with a .441 3PT% in nine playoff games. With P.J. Tucker, DeMarre Carroll, and Cory Joseph among the offseason departures for the Raptors, Powell figures to become an even more crucial part of the club's rotation going forward, giving him a chance to enjoy a breakout season in 2017/18. According to Jake Fischer of SI.com, the Raps were concerned about being unable to afford Powell as a restricted free agent next summer and even quietly shopped him around prior to the draft - the team is likely thrilled to lock him up at a price just above the mid-level exception. While the Raptors secured Powell at a fair price, the franchise will now have to worry about luxury tax payments in future seasons. Assuming Toronto picks up its 2018/19 options on Jakob Poeltl, Delon Wright, and Pascal Siakam, the team was already projected to have more than $115MM in guaranteed salary on its '18/19 cap even before the Powell extension. Powell's deal will add another $10MM to that total, pushing the Raps over the projected tax threshold. If staying out of the tax - or even just creating more cap flexibility - is important to the Raptors, Masai Ujiri and the front office may push to eventually find a taker for Jonas Valanciunas, who is set to earn $16.5MM+ in 2018/19.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Durand Scott (ex Fiat TO) signs at the Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) landed 27-year old former Jamaican international swingman Durand Scott (196-92kg-90, college: Miami, FL). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. The last season he played at New Basket Brindisi (also in Serie A) where in 28 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
Scott has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his college team won ACC Tournament in 2013. Scott received also All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2013. He was a member of Jamaican Senior National Team in 2013.
And here thanks to pro basketball Scott experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Scott has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros) and Spain (Blusens Monbus).
He attended University of Miami, Florida until 2013 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Grizzlies released Morgan - by Eurobasket News

Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) released 22-year old guard Jeremy Morgan (196-87kg-95, college: N.Iowa).
Morgan has never been drafted by the NBA.
He just graduated from University of Northern Iowa and it is his first season as a pro.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Morgan's college team won MVC Tournament for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).

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Nic Batum Likely Out 2-3 Months After Tearing Ligament In Elbow - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) tore a ligament in his left elbow during Wednesday's preseason game. Batum will likely miss 8-12 weeks with the injury. Spencer Perry of Queen City Hoops first reported the injury. Batum will receive additional opinions on whether he needs to undergo surgery. Batum signed a five-year, $120 million deal to stay with the Hornets in 2016.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Chris Paul helps Rockets rout Shanghai Sharks - by Eurobasket News

Chris Paul is quickly getting adjusted to the up-tempo, high-volume offense under Mike D'Antoni's Houston Rockets. Paul had 11 points, 12 assists and four steals to lead the Rockets to a 144-82 exhibition victory over the Shanghai Sharks on Thursday night. "Knowing everybody wants the same thing and you're rooting for each other," Paul said. "It's cool - equal opportunity." Paul, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, played 26 minutes and rested the fourth quarter as the Rockets cruised to victory over the overmatched Chinese team. Paul said D'Antoni drew up a play on Thursday night where he was coming off a screen to catch and shoot. He said he couldn't remember the last time that happened. "That stuff is fun - I've always enjoyed that part of the game," Paul said. "The way we play, we don't need a called play because there's a lot of unselfishness in the ball movement." Trevor Ariza led Houston with 18 points, and James Harden had nine points, 10 assists and two blocks. Eric Gordon had 17 points, and Clint Capela had 16 points and 11 rebounds in 19 minutes. Houston jumped to a 43-16 lead after the first quarter, making its first seven shots and 13 of 29 3-point attempts in the first half. The Rockets shot 42.3 percent from beyond the arc overall. "This is a big week coming up for us - we've got to turn it on a little bit," D'Antoni said. "We'll learn a lot about where we are by the end of next week. Hopefully, we're in a good spot because right around the corner is Golden State." Houston opens the regular season at Golden State to face the defending champs. Rockets 21-year-old Chinese rookie Zhou Qi scored eight points, including a thunderous dunk, in 12 minutes. The 7-foot-1, 210-pound center played last season for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association after the Rockets drafted him with the 43rd overall pick in 2016. Josh Akognon led Shanghai with 27 points, and Nick Minnerath had 22. Shanghai shooting guard Jimmer Fredette watched the game from the bench with a knee injury. Fredette, who was named the regular-season international MVP last year while averaging 37.6 points, agreed to a new deal with Shanghai in July.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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Chris Johnson agreed terms with the Storm - by Greg

Island Storm (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Canadian swingman Chris Johnson (196-93kg-88, college: St.Bonaventure). He played most recently at Illiabum in Portuguese LPB league. In 24 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1apg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Johnson played at River Lions where in 11 NBL Canada games he averaged 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.7apg.
Johnson has played previously professionally in Germany (SG Schwelmer Baskets) and United Kingdom (Glasgow Rocks).
He attended St.Bonaventure University until 2013 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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5-Star SF Prospect Nassir Little Commits to North Carolina - by Eurobasket News

Nassir Little (6'7''-F), one of the most coveted small forwards in the 2018 recruiting class, announced Wednesday he's planning to play his college basketball at North Carolina. Little checks in as a 5-star prospect and the No. 9 overall player in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He's also listed as the fourth-best small forward in the class and the No. 2 asset at the position from the state of Florida. The Orlando Christian Prep sensation has enjoyed a steady rise to become not only one of the top players in the class but also one of the most intriguing long-term projects. His skill set matches what it takes to become a star in today's NBA. He's a long (6'7"), athletic wing capable of creating offense in a variety of ways. While he has enough versatility and aggressiveness to succeed in half-court sets, he's at his best when out in the open floor. Little has also worked to add more range to keep defenses honest, which will be essential as he continues to climb the basketball ranks. He talked about that improvement with Pat Lawless of Made Hoops in late May. "When I was younger I was a raw talent, but I had to refine my skill set," Little said. "I have been working on my perimeter skills because in college I will be playing the 2 and 3. I've been working on ball-handling, shooting, getting my teammates involved and things like that." That effort has paid off. Although his three-point shot is still a work in progress, it's the only thing holding him back from becoming an elite offensive weapon, and a couple of more summers with an intense focus in that area could eliminate that perceived weakness. All told, it's hard not to like what Little brings to the table. He's a fierce competitor whose placement among the top recruits in the class is a testament more to his hard work than natural talent. That's the type of prospect who represents less risk for head coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. It may take some time before his role with North Carolina becomes clear. He could even start the campaign coming off the bench in an energy role. But regardless of how it starts, he should be a key piece when tournament time rolls around at the end of his freshman season.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com




Georgia Tech gives coach Josh Pastner 1-year extension - by Eurobasket News

Josh Pastner has signed a one-year contract extension to remain Georgia Tech's coach through the 2022-23 season after exceeding expectations in his debut season. Pastner agreed to a six-year deal with escalating annual salaries with an average value of $1.87 million per year when he was hired from Memphis on April 8, 2016. He was named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year after leading Georgia Tech to a 21-16 record and a spot in the NIT final. The school did not announce terms of the extension. Under terms of the original deal, Pastner, 40, will earn $1.745 million this season. Georgia Tech's surprising first season under Pastner included three teams over ranked teams. In a statement released by the school, athletic director Todd Stansbury said Pastner has been "a great fit" due to the culture he has established in the program.
Courtesy of: espn.com



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Michael Hicks made his day view with Hebraica - by Robert OConnell

Veteran Panamanian swingman will be with Hebraica Macabi Montevideo for another season, they won the league championship last year and going for the second in a row. The played last night in the Sur America League and they were surprised by Cimarrones del Choco.

He scored 20 points with a good shooting night but couldn't avoid the lost against the locals. They will have to beat the best teams in the league in order to advance to the second round.

Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) had played in the United States, Europe and all over Latinamerica in countries such as; Uruguay, Mexico, Puerto RIco, Venezuela and his hometown Panama. In Panama they called him the red wine, the oldest the better it preforms.



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Three teams share the top - by Eurobasket News

Three teams share the top in Metro Final Four stage with 2-1 records, while Libertad is last with a 0-3 record. In the last games Sol de America overcame Olimpia 107-106 in the top game and handed them their first loss. Earlier San Jose improved to a 2-1 record beating Libertad 98-81. At the end of September Olimpia edged Libertad 126-105 as O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) nailed 37 points.


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Regatas and Faraday advance to LNB Finals - by Eurobasket News

Regatas and Faraday advance to the Finals. They will face each other on October 6th in the opener. Regatas won the Final Four Stage with a 3-0 record on top. Faraday celebrated two victories and lost the initial game to Regatas 64-76.
San Jose finished third with a 1-2 record, while La Salle lost all three games.



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Glen RICE JR.
  TNT K.
  (198-G/F-91)
  Avg: 30.3
 1. Rice-Jr, TNT K.30.3 
 2. Walker, Blackwater28.4 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces28.1 
 4. Holloway, Globalport27.0 
 5. Durham, Meralco .25.4 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.23.6 
 7. Bullock, Rain o.23.3 
 8. Fuller, NLEX R.22.6 
 9. Pringle, Globalport20.0 
 10. Fajardo, SM Be.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Durham, Meralco .20.1 
 2. Holloway, Globalport17.8 
 3. Fuller, NLEX R.17.7 
 4. Walker, Blackwater16.8 
 5. Henton, Alaska Aces11.7 
 6. Fajardo, SM Be.11.6 
 7. Brownlee, B.Gin.11.2 
 8. Rice-Jr, TNT K.10.8 
 9. Abueva, Alaska Aces10.6 
 10. Anthony, Globalport9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Meralco .
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Durham, Meralco .6.8 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen6.5 
 3. Castro-W., TNT K.5.9 
 4. Thompson, B.Gin.5.8 
 5. Rice-Jr, TNT K.5.2 
 6. Tenorio, B.Ginebra5.1 
 7. Revilla, KIA P.5.1 
 8. Romeo, Globalport5.1 
 9. Newsome, Meralco .5.0 
 10. Walker, Blackwater4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.9 
 2. Ross, SM Beermen2.8 
 3. Rice-Jr, TNT K.2.6 
 4. Walker, Blackwater1.9 
 5. Norwood, Rain o.1.7 
 6. Brownlee, B.Gin.1.7 
 7. Tenorio, B.Ginebra1.6 
 8. Fuller, NLEX R.1.6 
 9. Henton, Alaska Aces1.6 
 10. Castro-W., TNT K.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Murphy HOLLOWAY
  Globalport
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Holloway, Globalport2.8 
 2. Fajardo, SM Be.2.3 
 3. Henton, Alaska Aces2.1 
 4. Erram, Blackwater2.1 
 5. Brownlee, B.Gin.2.1 
 6. Aguilar, B.Ginebra1.9 
 7. Santos, SM Beermen1.8 
 8. Slaughter, B.Gin.1.7 
 9. Rice-Jr, TNT K.1.5 
 10. Fuller, NLEX R.1.5 


Meralco Bolts complete sweep of Star Hotshots, advance to Govs Cup finals - by Eurobasket News

The Meralco Bolts fended off a gritty Star Hotshots in overtime, 91-88, to sweep their best-of-5 semis series and clinch the first finals berth of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup at Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Thursday, October 5. Meralco held a 5-point lead with 1:21 remaining in the extra period following a Jared Dillinger trey and a Ranidel de Ocampo jumper before Star ended its scoring drought with a Rafi Reavis bucket, 85-88. Clifford Hodge (196-PF-88, college: Hawaii Pacific) buried his only trey of the game with 18 seconds left to give the Bolts a 91-85 advantage but Mark Barroca (178-PG-86) answered quickly with his own triple to make it a one-possession game for the Hotshots, 88-91. Star still had a chance of scoring an equalizer after Barroca stole the ball but a triple-teamed Jiovani Jalalon (175-PG) missed from downtown. 'We knew they would come out fighting, we knew they would come out with a lot of pressure. We ran through brick wall to win this basketball game. We really had to gut it out. It was a hard-fought victory for us but in the end, it is worth it to get to move on to the championship,' said Meralco coach Norman Black . Down by 10 points, 64-54, the Hotshots ignited a 14-5 spurt thanks to Mark Barroca and Jiovani Jalalon and Meralco missing half of their 6 free throws to pull within one, 68-69, entering the fourth. It was a nip-and-tuck battle in the fourth quarter that reached an 83-all deadlock with only 14 seconds remaining but both teams failed to score the go-ahead bucket as Barroca bricked a three-point attempt while Bolts import Allen Durham (198-F/C-88, college: Grace Bible) missed a fadeaway at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime. Durham paced the Bolts with 24 points, 19 boards and 6 assists while Hodge chipped in 18 markers and 8 rebounds. De Ocampo added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the win while Dillinger and Baser Amer) combined for 20 markers. Barroca almost had a triple-double for the Hotshots with 21 points, 12 boards and 8 assists. Marc Pingris has 16 points and 6 boards in the losing effort. The Bolts will have the opportunity of preparing for a week as they wait for the winner of the TNT-Ginebra semis clash whom they will play in Game 1 of the finals next Friday, October 13, in Lucena.
Courtesy of: rappler.com



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin WATTS
  Czarni
  (196-G/F-90)
  Avg: 26
 1. Watts, Czarni26.0 
 2. Lewis, TBV Start26.0 
 3. Washington, TBV S.25.0 
 4. Dragicevic, Stelmet22.5 
 5. Kovalenko, MKS D.21.0 
 6. Almeida, Anwil21.0 
 7. Szubarga, Asseco21.0 
 8. Shelton, MKS D.20.0 
 9. Palyza, GTK G.19.0 
 10. Artis, Czarni19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  MKS D.
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Shelton, MKS D.13.0 
 2. Szczotka, Asseco10.0 
 3. Hajric, Miasto Szkla10.0 
 4. Bojic, Polpharma9.0 
 5. Watts, Czarni9.0 
 6. Wyka, Asseco9.0 
 7. Zamojski, Stelmet9.0 
 8. Ponitka, Asseco9.0 
 9. Dragicevic, Stelmet8.5 
 10. Markovic, Trefl8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kamil LACZYNSKI
  Anwil
  (183-PG-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Laczynski, Anwil13.0 
 2. Washington, TBV S.12.0 
 3. Broussard, MKS D.9.0 
 4. Baldwin, AZS K.9.0 
 5. Szubarga, Asseco7.0 
 6. Koszarek, Stelmet7.0 
 7. Jakobczyk, Miasto S.6.0 
 8. Flieger, Polpharma6.0 
 9. Florence, Stelmet6.0 
 10. Skibniewski, GTK G.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Diante BALDWIN
  AZS K.
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Baldwin, AZS K.5.0 
 2. Artis, Czarni4.0 
 3. Dutkiewicz, TBV S.4.0 
 4. Lewis, TBV Start3.0 
 5. Snieg, Polski Cukier3.0 
 6. Broussard, MKS D.3.0 
 7. Watts, Czarni3.0 
 8. Nowakowski, Anwil3.0 
 9. Gruszecki, Polski C.3.0 
 10. Dragicevic, Stelmet2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Steve ZACK
  Trefl
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zack, Trefl3.0 
 2. Shelton, MKS D.2.0 
 3. Stelmach, Czarni2.0 
 4. Woloszyn, MKS D.2.0 
 5. Milovanovic, Polph.2.0 
 6. Leonczyk, Anwil2.0 
 7. Wyka, Asseco2.0 
 8. Golebiowski, Polph.1.0 
 9. Palyza, GTK G.1.0 
 10. Wallace, Miasto Szkla1.0 



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Benfica coast past CAB Madeira to claim SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Benfica - CAB Madeira 104:74

Benfica conquered the SuperCup title. They prevailed against CAB Madeira for the trophy today. Joao Soares (202-F-90, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points to lead the winners.
CAB Madeira eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes. But Benfica turned things around in the second term. They unleashed 33 points in the second period to secure a 19-point lead 53:34. Benfica sank 27 points in the third quarter to open a 21-point advantage and never looked back en route to the victory. Carlos Morais (200-G-85, agency: Duran International) chipped in 19 points and collected 10 boards, while Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens, NC) added 13 points in the win. Fabio Lima (198-F/G-88) answered with 19 points for CAB Madeira. Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) provided 16 points in the defeat.



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Targu Mures ink Jonathan Person, ex Boras - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Mures Targu-Mures (Liga Nationala) signed 24-year old Swedish international point guard Jonathan Person (190-84kg-93, agency: Interperformances). He moved there from Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan where he played this season. In two games he had 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.5apg and 1.0spg. The last season Person played at Uppsala Basket (Basketligan) in Sweden. In 38 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.0apg (top 4) and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Person's team was regular season runner-up in Swedish BasketEttan Group North in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 3rd Team back in 2011.
Person has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Person also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 3.5ppg, 2.3rpg.
Person has played also professionally in Germany (Oettinger Rockets Gotha), Italy (Virtus Bologna) and Sweden (BC Lulea, 08 Stockholm, Sundsvall and KFUM Uppsala).
He could be described: A talented PG, with huge upside. Gives his best in the open court, but he's quickly improving the slow tempo game quarterbacking too. If he will learn to defend better on the perimeter, he will be ready for senior level.

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Pitesti inks Titus Nicoara - by Nagy Szilveszter

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 29-year old international power forward Titus Nicoara (203-100kg-88, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at CSM CSU Oradea (Liga Nationala). Nicoara managed to play in three leagues last year. In 31 Liga Nationala games he had 8.0ppg and 5.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Romanian League All-Star Game. Nicoara also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 7.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. And finally he contributed to 11 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 6.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg.
The previous (15-16) season Nicoara played at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti. In 42 Liga Nationala games he got 12.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3apg. He contributed to his team winning the regular season. It was another spectacular year as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Domestic Player of the Year, named to 2nd Team and named to All-Domestic Players Team. Nicoara also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 10.6ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.6apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nicoara's team won Romanian Cup in 2011 and 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2010.
Nicoara has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Romanian senior team since 2007 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Nicoara also represented Romania at the European Championships this year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.5ppg.
Nicoara has played also professionally in Austria (Arkadia Lions) and Italy.

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Phoenix Galati signs Eugeniu Melnic, ex Admirals UTM - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) signed experienced 38-year old Moldovan international swingman Eugeniu Melnic (196-79). He played last season at Admirals UTM Chisnau in Moldovan Divizia Nationala. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final.
The previous (15-16) season Melnic played at BC Donbasket-USM Donduseni (also in Divizia Nationala). He contributed to his team winning the Cup and end the regular season as the second best team in the league. A very impressive season as he was named to Moldovan All-Star Game.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Melnic won Moldovan League championship title in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Moldovan League Player of the Year back in 2014.
Melnic represented Moldova at the European Championship for Small Countries in Moldova last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%.
Melnic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Azerbaijan (Baku and Gala-Atena), Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Romania (Targu Mures, Gaz Metan, Rm Valcea and CS BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca) and Moldova (BC UASM Chisinau).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Phoenix Galati.

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White starts his pro career at Phoenix Galati - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Marcel White (198-100kg-93). White just graduated from Jacksonville (NCAA). He has played there for the last four years. In 12 games he had 13.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0spg last season.
As mentioned above White is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.

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Phoenix Galati tabs Catalin Petrisor - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) inked 25-year old international point guard Catalin Petrisor (184-92). He played most recently at CSM CSU Oradea (Liga Nationala). Petrisor managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). But in 35 Liga Nationala games he averaged just 1.4ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup final and to the league semifinals. Petrisor also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup, but he did not score anything and 2 assists. And finally he contributed to 18 games in Basketball Champions League where he had only 1.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg.
Petrisor ended the previous (2015-16) season at SCM CSU Craiova. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place. They also made it to the Cup final (twice). But the most of that year he spent at BC Timisoara. In 15 Liga Nationala games he recorded only 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.3apg.
Petrisor has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. He played for Romanian senior team this year and previously for University National Team in 2013.
Petrisor represented Romania at the European Championships this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 0.6ppg, 1.2apg.

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Dragos Andrei agreed terms with Phoenix Galati - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Phoenix Galati (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old former international point guard Dragos Andrei (186-82kg-87). He played most recently at Targu Mures (Liga Nationala). In 28 games he recorded just 2.3ppg and 1.1rpg last season. Andrei helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg.
The previous (15-16) season Andrei played at CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu. In 29 Liga Nationala games he had 3.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg. He also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got only 2.0ppg.
Andrei played in the final of Romanian League in 2012.
He was also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Andrei played for Romanian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
He also represented Romania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 4.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg.
Andrei has played previously for six other teams: BC Timisoara, Rapid Bucuresti, Craiova, Rm Valcea, Otopeni and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti.

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Pitesti lands Marius Ciotlaus - by Nagy Szilveszter

BCM U Pitesti (Liga Nationala) tabbed 21-year old small forward Marius Ciotlaus (196-96) from Olimpic. In 13 Liga Nationala games he averaged 5.2ppg and 4.2rpg last season.
Ciotlaus ended the previous (2015-16) season at CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Liga I). He helped them to win the league title (twice). But the most of that year he spent at SCM CSU Craiova. But in three Liga Nationala games he had just 1.3ppg.
Despite young age Ciotlaus had impressive career. He received Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 11.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 66.7%.
Ciotlaus has played previously for two other teams: UBT Cluj Napoca and SCM Craiova 2.

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Mladenovic comes back to Targu Mures - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Mures Targu-Mures (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 33-year old Serbian center Alexandar Mladenovic (207-117kg-84, agency: BeoExcell). It is actually his comeback to Mures as he has played here before. Mladenovic has played for the last two seasons at BCM U Pitesti in the Liga Nationala. In 32 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mladenovic's team made it to the Polish final in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team back in 2014.
Mladenovic has played also professionally in Poland (Slask), Romania (Targu Mures and Gaz Metan) and Serbia (Vrsac, Konstantin, Mega Bemax and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).

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Targu Mures keep Kilyen for another season - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Mures Targu-Mures (Liga Nationala) re-signed Ors Kilyen. has played there for the last three seasons. Kilyen missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.

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Targu Mures sign Dino Pita - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Mures Targu-Mures (Liga Nationala) signed 29-year old Swedish international guard Dino Pita (195-86kg-88). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Pita played last season at Miasto Szkla in Polish PLK league. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 16 PLK games he had 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. Pita helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. He also played that season for Basic Fit Brussels in Belgian Euromillions League where in 10 games he recorded 3.7ppg. Pita also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.3ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team back in 2012.
Pita has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Pita represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0apg.
Pita has played also professionally in Austria, Sweden (Sodertalje Kings and Talje Knights) and Belgium (Liege Basket).

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Martin Paasoja (ex Rapla) is a newcomer at Craiova - by Nagy Szilveszter

SCM CSU Craiova (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 24-year old Estonian international shooting guard Martin Paasoja (191-86kg-93). He has played for the last five seasons at AVIS UTILITAS Rapla in Estonian Alexela KML. In 38 games he recorded 11.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg last season. Paasoja helped them to make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game. Paasoja also played 14 games in Baltic League where he averaged 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg. The other team Paasoja played that season for was Rapla (also in Alexela KML). In 38 games he had 11.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.7apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 3rd Team and to the All-Star Game.
Paasoja has been also a member of Estonian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Estonian senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Paasoja also represented Estonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.7ppg.
Paasoja has played previously professionally also in Spain and Estonia (Parnu and KK Parnu II).

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Orbeanu comes back to Craiova - by Nagy Szilveszter

SCM CSU Craiova (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old international center Iulian Orbeanu (204-91). It is actually his comeback to Craiova as he has played here before. Orbeanu has played for the last two years at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in the Liga Nationala. In 24 games he recorded 8.5ppg and 4.3rpg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Romanian League All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Orbeanu's team made it to the Romanian Cup Final Four for two years in a row (2014 and 2015).
He has been also a member of Romanian international program for some years. Orbeanu played for Romanian senior team this year and previously for U20 National Team in 2009.
He represented Romania at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
Orbeanu has played previously for three other teams: CSU Galati, Pitesti and Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti.

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CS Dinamo Bucuresti inks Alin Giani Zaharie - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Dinamo Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) signed 23-year old naturalized Italian forward Alin Giani Zaharie (198-94) from BCM U Pitesti. But in 21 Liga Nationala games he had just 1.5ppg and 1.4rpg last season.
The previous (15-16) season Zaharie played at Bawer Olimpia Matera in Italian Serie A2 where in 29 games he recorded only 2.9ppg and 2.7rpg.
He won Cup in 2015.
Zaharie has played previously professionally in Romania (BC Timisoara and BC II Timisoara) and Italy (Givova Scafati, Roseto Sharks and Bari).
He could be described: A promising forward with quck legs, athleticism and good outside shooting.

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Amedeo Casale signs at CS Dinamo Bucuresti - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Dinamo Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) landed 20-year old small forward Amedeo Casale (194-97). He played most recently at BC Timba Timisoara in Liga I. Casale helped his team get promotion to Liga Nationala. He contributed to his team winning the Liga I title (twice).
The previous (15-16) season Casale played at CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (also in Liga I). He contributed to his team winning the Liga I title (twice).
Casale represented Romania at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 5.1ppg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 56.3%.

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CS Dinamo Bucuresti lands Cornel Cioacata - by Nagy Szilveszter

CS Dinamo Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) landed 25-year old forward Cornel Cioacata (197-92). He played most recently at Targu Mures (Liga Nationala). But in 11 games he averaged just 1.5ppg last season. Cioacata helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had only 1.0ppg.
The previous (15-16) season Cioacata played at CSU Sibiu. In 29 Liga Nationala games he recorded only 2.7ppg.
He represented Romania at the European Championships U18 Division B in Israel seven years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 0.5ppg.
Cioacata has played previously for five other teams: Craiova, Otopeni, Phoenix Galati, Aurel Vlaicu Bucuresti and CSU Stiinta Bucaresti.

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Patriots, APR suffer defeats at FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships - by Eurobasket News

After losing 75-51 to defending champions KPA on Tuesday, APR Women's basketball club will be seeking for a second win at the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone V Club Championships when they face Equity of Kenya on Wednesday evening at Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda. It was an unkind Tuesday for both Rwandan teams as Patriots also endured a narrow loss 73-77 at hands of Uganda's four-time reigning champions City Oilers. Both teams advanced to the quarter-finals from Group A-Oilers as group leaders and Patriots as runners-up. Oilers and Patriots was a tight game and well balanced from beginning to the end. Both sides tied 23-all at the end of the first quarter before the hosts, and title holders, City Oilers, took the second quarter 22-19 to go into half-time break with a 45-42 lead. Patriots bounced back to win the third quarter 19-15 and to into the final quarter carrying a one-point lead, 61-60. However, Mandy Lutwama Juruni's Oilers had the last laugh with a full to maximum capacity Lugogo Indoor Arena cheering on them. The defending champions City Oilers claimed the fourth quarter; 17-12 to win the game 77-73. City Oilers' Pegues Adarlus and Robinson Opong scored a game high 19 points each, while Jordin D. Mayes added 16 points for the home side. Olivier Shyaka led Patriots with 16 points, team captain Aristide Mugabe dropped 13 points while Kami Kabange and Steven Havugintwari contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Mbazumutima Charles's APR, who have so far lost two and won one, face Kenya's Equity in their fourth game today, starting at 6pm, looking to improve their win ratio to 2:2. On Tuesday, the military side lost 75-51 to holders Kenya Ports Authority. Today is a rest day for the men's tournament. The competition will resume on Thursday with quarter-finals. Semi-finals will take place on Friday and the finals on Saturday.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Vukosavljevic comes back to Tadamon - by Eurobasket News

Tadamon Zouk (Pepsi LBL) added to their roster 33-year old Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: BeoBasket). It is actually his comeback to Zouk as he has played here before. Vukosavljevic is not a newcomer in Lebanese League where he played last season at Hoops (Pepsi LBL). In 9 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 11.3rpg and 2.1apg.
The previous (15-16) season Vukosavljevic played at Tadamon. In 26 Pepsi LBL games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 10.1rpg (#4 in the league) and 1.9apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Vukosavljevic's team made it to the Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team back in 2014.
Vukosavljevic was a member of Serbian University National Team in 2007.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Vukosavljevic's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Vukosavljevic has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Oostende), Turkey (Aliaga), Montenegro (Lovcen), Serbia (OKK Beograd, Crvena Zvezda, Vrsac and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac) and Ukraine (Polit-Halychyna and BC Donetsk).

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Mladenovic comes back to Targu Mures - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Mures Targu-Mures (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 33-year old Serbian center Alexandar Mladenovic (207-117kg-84, agency: BeoExcell). It is actually his comeback to Mures as he has played here before. Mladenovic has played for the last two seasons at BCM U Pitesti in the Liga Nationala. In 32 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg last season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mladenovic's team made it to the Polish final in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 1st Team back in 2014.
Mladenovic has played also professionally in Poland (Slask), Romania (Targu Mures and Gaz Metan) and Serbia (Vrsac, Konstantin, Mega Bemax and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).

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SBL Round 2: Kosice loses to Zilina - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in SBL.

Kosice (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Zilina on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Zilina 90-89. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zilina made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Walter Wright (178, college: Montana) who scored 30 points and 8 assists. The other American import forward Brandon Conley (201-93, college: ORU) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay) produced 27 points and 5 assists for the guests. Zilina is looking forward to face Nova Ves (#6) on the road in the next round. Kosice will play against Karlovka (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between Inter Bratislava and Karlovka where Inter Bratislava (2-0) beat Karlovka (1-1) on the road 87-75. The former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Nemanja Barac contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward David Abraham (190-96) replied with 20 points for Karlovka. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Inter Bratislava will play against Iskra Svit (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Karlovka will play against Kosice (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Handlova was also quite interesting. Nova Ves (1-1) played at the court of Handlova (1-1). Handlova defeated Nova Ves 94-79 on Wednesday. Jovan Djordjevic scored 22 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Handlova's coach Krunoslav Krajnovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Djordje Ninkovic responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Handlova will meet at home Levice (#5) in the next round. Nova Ves will play against Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Svit. Local Iskra Svit (1-1) outscored Prievidza (0-2) 104-85. Sasa Avramovic notched 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort. Prievidza's coach Ryan Pannone rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Iskra Svit's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prievidza will play against Rieker KN (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 Levice was defeated by Rieker KN in Komarno 91-85.

Zilina - Kosice 90-89

Kosice (1-1) recorded a loss on the court of Zilina on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Zilina 90-89. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zilina made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Walter Wright (178, college: Montana) who scored 30 points and 8 assists. The other American import forward Brandon Conley (201-93, college: ORU) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Green Bay) produced 27 points and 5 assists and the former international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-85, agency: 011 Sports) added 24 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Kosice players scored in double figures. Zilina is looking forward to face Nova Ves (#6) on the road in the next round. Kosice will play against Karlovka (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zilina: W.Wright 30+4reb+8ast, R.Rozanek 22+2reb+2ast, B.Conley 20+9reb+1ast, B.Holcomb 8+11reb+2ast, T.Durana 6+8reb, R.Skvasik 4+2reb+1ast
Kosice: R.Fletcher 27+4reb+5ast, P.Sedmak 24+9reb+3ast, V.Djordjevic 14+5reb+3ast, R.Korner 14+13reb+1ast, S.Baldovsky 8+2reb, I.Maric 2+1reb
gschID: 564340


Handlova - Nova Ves 94-79

The game in Handlova was also quite interesting. Nova Ves (1-1) played at the court of Handlova (1-1). Handlova defeated Nova Ves 94-79 on Wednesday. Handlova dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Nova Ves' 40. Serbian swingman Jovan Djordjevic (198-93) scored 22 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Doug Brooks (193, college: VCU) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Handlova players scored in double figures. Handlova's coach Krunoslav Krajnovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Bosnian center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian guard Ryan Bennett (193, college: Brock) scored 17 points. Handlova will meet at home Levice (#5) in the next round. Nova Ves will play against Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Handlova: J.Djordjevic 22+3reb+3ast, D.Brooks 14+5reb+3ast, I.Zejak 13+9reb, O.Haviar 11+5ast, J.Landenbergue 11+3ast, B.Stanojevic 8+2reb
Nova Ves: D.Ninkovic 20+7reb, R.Bennett 17+3reb+1ast, M.L'Africain 14+3ast, A.Antoni 9+8reb+1ast, L.Krajnak 7+3ast, M.Marshall 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 564339


Iskra Svit - Prievidza 104-85

The game with biggest result difference took place in Svit. Local Iskra Svit (1-1) outscored Prievidza (0-2) 104-85. Iskra Svit made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game, while Prievidza only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Prievidza 43-23 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Iskra Svit players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Prievidza helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian point guard Sasa Avramovic (193-93, agency: BeoBasket) notched 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and the former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) supported him with 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 26 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists by American point guard Rodney Glasgow (180-92, college: VMI) did not help to save the game for Prievidza. The former international swingman Martin Bilik (194-87) added 21 points for the guests. Prievidza's coach Ryan Pannone rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Iskra Svit's next round opponent will be Inter Bratislava at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Prievidza will play against Rieker KN (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iskra Svit: S.Avramovic 38+7reb+3ast, P.Losonsky 23+10reb+2ast, M.Radonjic 18+6reb+7ast, A.Jackson 7+6reb, M.Galata 7+3reb+1ast, M.Ivan 6+1ast
Prievidza: R.Glasgow 26+5reb+11ast, M.Bilik 21+3reb, G.Sitton 12+2reb, R.Martin 8+3reb+2ast, J.Musil 7+2reb, J.Wisseh 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 564337


Karlovka - Inter Bratislava 75-87

Another exciting game was between Inter Bratislava and Karlovka where Inter Bratislava (2-0) beat Karlovka (1-1) on the road 87-75. Inter Bratislava dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Karlovka's 32. The former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian Nemanja Barac (194-90, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Forward David Abraham (190-96) replied with 20 points and international guard Dalibor Hlivak (190-95) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Karlovka. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Inter Bratislava will play against Iskra Svit (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Karlovka will play against Kosice (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: R.Rancik 24+10reb, N.Barac 16+4reb+2ast, A.Vlahovic 13+2reb+3ast, T.Mrvis 12+3reb+2ast, M.Batka 8+2reb+1ast, S.Matovic 6+6reb+2ast
Karlovka: D.Abraham 20+2reb+2ast, D.Hlivak 14+1reb+4ast, A.Kuffa 12+6reb, M.Kozar 12+3reb+1ast, R.Vido 8+7reb+1ast, F.Lehman 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 564336


Rieker KN - Levice 91-85

There was a minor upset in Komarno where Levice (1-1) was defeated by Rieker KN (1-1) 91-85. Rieker KN's next round opponent will be Prievidza (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Levice will play against Handlova (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 564338





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Zlatorog brings back Miha Lapornik on an open-contract - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog improved their roster by inking their former member Miha Lapornik (194-SG-93) an on open-contract.
Lapornik arrives from RETAbet Bilbao Basket, for whom he averaged 3.9 points and 1.2 points in 32 Spanish Liga Endesa games last season. Those numbers increased into 6.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in eight Eurocup games.
Lapornik grew up with Zlatorog and played for them at pro level from 2010 through 2015. In his last campaign there, Lapornik averaged 13.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 32 Slovenian League games. He has already played for Olimpija during the 2015-16 season.



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  SPAIN  

Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Henk NOREL
  Gipuzkoa GBC
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Norel, Gipuzkoa GBC24.5 
 2. Green, Valencia23.0 
 3. Landesberg, Estudian.22.0 
 4. Blums, Zaragoza21.5 
 5. Blazic, Andorra20.0 
 6. Randolph, Real Madrid18.0 
 7. Thomas, Obradoiro17.0 
 8. Neal, Zaragoza16.0 
 9. Kulvietis, Joventut16.0 
 10. Boungou-Colo, Real B.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Henk NOREL
  Gipuzkoa GBC
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Norel, Gipuzkoa GBC11.5 
 2. Arteaga, Estudian.9.0 
 3. Tobey, Iberosta.9.0 
 4. Randolph, Real Madrid8.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.8.0 
 6. Diop, Baskonia8.0 
 7. Suton, Estudiantes8.0 
 8. OLeary, Fuenlabrada8.0 
 9. Dubljevic, Valencia7.5 
 10. Richard, Joventut7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Omar-Sharif COOK
  Estudiantes
  (186-PG-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Cook, Estudiantes8.0 
 2. Tabu, RE.8.0 
 3. Heurtel, FC Barce.7.5 
 4. Perez, Gipuzkoa GBC7.0 
 5. Granger, Baskonia6.5 
 6. Hannah, UCAM M.6.0 
 7. Fernandez, Andorra6.0 
 8. Sabat, Obradoiro6.0 
 9. Nedovic, Unicaja5.5 
 10. Mekel, Gran C.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Federico VAN LACKE
  Gipuzko.
  (191-SG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van-Lacke, Gipuzko.2.5 
 2. Pressey, FC Barce.2.5 
 3. Augustine, Unicaja2.5 
 4. Hanga, FC Barcelona2.0 
 5. Huertas, Baskonia2.0 
 6. Perez, Gipuzkoa GBC2.0 
 7. Diaz, Unicaja2.0 
 8. Ventura, Joventut2.0 
 9. Garcia, Zaragoza2.0 
 10. Caner-Medley, Estudian.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alec BROWN
  Estudiantes
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Brown, Estudiantes3.0 
 2. Balvin, Gran Canaria2.5 
 3. Eyenga, Fuenlabrada2.5 
 4. Birgander, Joventut2.0 
 5. Diop, Baskonia2.0 
 6. Ayon, Real Madrid2.0 
 7. Olaseni, Fuenlabrada1.5 
 8. Diagne, Andorra1.5 
 9. Randolph, Real Madrid1.5 
 10. Pustovyi, Obradoiro1.5 


Liga Endesa Round 2: Joventut lose their first game against FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Liga Endesa. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Joventut (0-1) in Badalona on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by FC Barcelona (2-0) 74-72. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. French center Kevin Seraphin (208-89) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Rakim Sanders (196-89, college: Fairfield) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Lithuanian forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-91) responded with 16 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona is looking forward to face Burgos (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Joventut will play against Blusens Monbus in Santiago de Comp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: winless Burgos lost to undefeated Unicaja on the opponent's court 72-93. Baskonia managed to outperform Estudiantes in a home game 94-76. Real Madrid managed to beat RETAbet BB on the road 87-80. Iberostar Tener. defeated UCAM Murcia on its own court 84-78. Gran Canaria beat Zaragoza in Las Palmas 99-95. Valencia won against Obradoiro at home 80-67. Winless Real Betis was outscored by Gipuzkoa GBC on the opponent's court 94-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points by Mateusz Ponitka of Iberostar Tener..

Joventut - FC Barcelona 72-74

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Joventut (0-1) in Badalona on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by FC Barcelona (2-0) 74-72. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. French center Kevin Seraphin (208-89) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Rakim Sanders (196-89, college: Fairfield) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Lithuanian forward Saulius Kulvietis (206-91) responded with 16 points and 4 assists and American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Joventut players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona is looking forward to face Burgos (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Joventut will play against Blusens Monbus in Santiago de Comp and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: K.Seraphin 14+5reb+1ast, R.Sanders 13+4reb, A.Moerman 11+2reb, A.Hanga 9+4reb+1ast, P.Koponen 9+1reb+1ast, P.Ribas 7+2reb+1ast
Joventut: S.Kulvietis 16+3reb+4ast, P.Richard 11+7reb+2ast, T.Gielo 10+2reb, A.Ventura 10+6reb+1ast, J.Jordan 9+5reb+2ast, S.Vidal 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 569331


Unicaja - Burgos 93-72

Very expected game when Burgos (0-2) was crushed on the road by Unicaja Malaga (2-0) 93-72 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. Burgos was better in fourth quarter 24-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Unicaja Malaga forced 20 Burgos turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Burgos was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Unicaja Malaga players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Unicaja Malaga will face Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Burgos will play on the road against FC Barcelona (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: A.Diaz 14+3ast, J.Brooks 13+5reb, A.Waczynski 12+2reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 10+1reb+6ast, M.Soluade 8+3reb+3ast, R.McCallum 8+4ast
Burgos: C.Fisher 11+1reb+3ast, E.Martinez 11+3reb, A.Lopez 9+1reb, D.Gailius 9+10reb, T.Schreiner 7+5ast, A.Barrera 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 569327


Baskonia - Estudiantes 94-76

There was a small surprise in Vitoria where Baskonia (1-1) defeated Movil Estudiantes (0-1) 94-76 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Baskonia. Movil Estudiantes was better in third quarter 31-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game, while Movil Estudiantes only scored eight points from the stripe. Movil Estudiantes was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International center Ilimane Diop (210-95) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian forward Janis Timma (201-92) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Baskonia players scored in double figures. American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) responded with 22 points and Bosnian-Croatian guard Goran Suton (208-85, college: Michigan St.) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Baskonia will face Gran Canaria (#3) in Las Palmas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Movil Estudiantes will play at home against Gipuzkoa (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: I.Diop 15+8reb, J.Timma 12+6reb, J.Granger 11+1reb+6ast, V.Poirier 10+4reb+2ast, M.Janning 10+2reb+1ast, R.Beaubois 9+3reb
Estudiantes: S.Landesberg 22+2reb+1ast, G.Suton 9+8reb+1ast, N.Caner-Medley 9+5reb+1ast, V.Arteaga 8+9reb, A.Brown 8+4reb+1ast, O.Cook 6+3reb+8ast
gschID: 569326


RETAbet BB - Real Madrid 80-87

Not a big story in a game in Bilbao where RETAbet BB (0-2) was defeated by Real Madrid (2-0) 87-80 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 7 points. Real Madrid dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to RETAbet BB's 30. American-Slovenian Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Slovenian guard Luka Doncic (201-99) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Belgian forward Axel Hervelle (205-83) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Belgian-Congolese point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85) scored 8 points and 11 assists. Four RETAbet BB players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Madrid will face Zaragoza (#18) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. RETAbet BB will play against Real Betis (#15) in Sevilla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: A.Randolph 26+9reb+1ast, L.Doncic 13+8reb+2ast, F.Campazzo 11+3reb+5ast, G.Ayon 8+4reb+4ast, J.Carroll 7+1reb+1ast, F.Causeur 6+3reb+3ast
RETAbet BB: D.Todorovic 15+1reb+1ast, L.Redivo 14, A.Hervelle 13+6reb, P.Tomas 11+5reb+1ast, M.Gladness 8+6reb, J.Tabu 8+11ast
gschID: 569330


Andorra - Fuenlabrada 94-95 OT

Fuenlabrada snatched a tough road overtime win over Andorra. F Cruz and I O'Leary produced 17 points each for the visitors. C Eyenga added 12 points for Fuenlabrada as they improved at 2-0 record. Jaka Blazic answered with 20 points for Andorra as they suffered the second consecutive loss.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: F.Cruz 17+6reb+3ast, I.O'Leary 17+11reb+1ast, C.Eyenga 12+6reb+1ast, L.Rupnik 11+3reb+4ast, R.Smits 10+3reb, M.Popovic 9+1reb+2ast
Andorra: J.Blazic 20+1reb+2ast, V.Jankovic 17+5reb+1ast, P.Karnowski 15+1reb+1ast, A.Albicy 12+1reb+1ast, O.Stevic 8+1reb, J.Fernandez 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 569328


Iberostar Tener. - UCAM Murcia 84-78

Everything went according to plan in Tenerife where CB Canarias (2-0) beat UCAM Murcia (0-2) 84-78 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. CB Canarias dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to UCAM Murcia's 30 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. UCAM Murcia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Mike Tobey (213-94, college: Virginia) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Naturalized American point guard Brad Oleson (191-83, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) responded with 13 points and American-Senegalese point guard Clevin Hannah (179-87, college: Wichita St.) scored 7 points and 7 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. CB Canarias will face Valencia Basket (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. UCAM Murcia will play against Andorra (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: M.Ponitka 20+3reb, M.Tobey 16+8reb+1ast, T.Abromaitis 10+1reb+2ast, D.White 9+2reb+4ast, R.Allen 8+3reb+2ast, R.San Miguel 6+5reb+4ast
UCAM Murcia: B.Oleson 13+4reb+1ast, V.Benite 13+1reb, M.Lukovic 8+4reb+1ast, C.Hannah 7+1reb+7ast, S.Rojas 7+2ast, K.Tumba 7+8reb
gschID: 569333


Zaragoza - Gran Canaria 95-99

There was no surprise when Zaragoza (0-2) was defeated at home by Gran Canaria (2-0) 99-95 on Wednesday. Zaragoza trailed 44-41 at halftime, rallying from a 29-16 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Gran Canaria shot 24 for 34 from the free-throw line, while Zaragoza only scored eight points from the stripe. Zaragoza was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Israeli point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points to lead the charge for the winners and American Shaquielle McKissic (196-90, college: Arizona St.) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Five Gran Canaria players scored in double figures. Latvian Janis Blums (191-82) responded with 26 points and the former international point guard Tomas Bellas (185-90) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Gran Canaria will face Baskonia (#8) in Vitoria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zaragoza will play on the road against Real Madrid (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: G.Mekel 15+2reb+3ast, A.Oliver 13+2reb+1ast, S.McKissic 13+3reb+3ast, P.Aguilar 11+7reb, D.Seeley 11+4reb+1ast, M.Eriksson 10+2reb+2ast
Zaragoza: J.Blums 26+1reb+1ast, T.Bellas 18+1reb+1ast, G.Neal 16+2ast, J.Varnado 9+4reb+4ast, N.de Jong 9+4reb+1ast, S.Garcia 6+2reb+6ast
gschID: 569332


Valencia - Obradoiro 80-67

Valencia Basket used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Santiago de Comp 80-67 on Wednesday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) scored 19 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Montenegrin power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Matt Thomas (196-94, college: Iowa St.) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Ukrainian center Artem Pustovyi (218-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Valencia Basket will face CB Canarias (#4) in Tenerife in the next round. Blusens Monbus will play at home against Joventut (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valencia: E.Green 19+3reb+4ast, S.Van-Rossom 13+4ast, B.Dubljevic 11+9reb+2ast, R.Martinez 11+4reb+1ast, J.Sastre Morro 8+3reb+4ast, A.Doornekamp 6+6reb
Obradoiro: A.Pustovyi 14+4reb, M.Thomas 13+5reb+1ast, M.Laksa 8+2reb+1ast, N.Radovic 6+3reb+1ast, A.Sabat 6+2reb+6ast, A.Corbacho 6
gschID: 569325


Gipuzkoa GBC - Real Betis 94-60

Gipuzkoa used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Sevilla 94-60 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Gipuzkoa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Real Betis' 28. Gipuzkoa forced 22 Real Betis turnovers and outrebounded them 41-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 2 passes made by Real Betis' players. Dutch center Henk Norel (213-87) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and British power forward Daniel Clark (210-88) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. American-Nigerian power forward OD Anosike (203-91, college: Siena, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 9 points and 6 rebounds and Congolese-French forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gipuzkoa will face Movil Estudiantes (#11) in Madrid in the next round. Real Betis will play at home against RETAbet BB and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gipuzkoa GBC: H.Norel 25+12reb+4ast, F.Van Lacke 17+4reb, D.Clark 15+7reb+2ast, J.Swing 9+5reb+2ast, M.Fakuade 7+3reb+2ast, D.Agbelese 7
Real Betis: R.Kelly 11+3reb, N.Boungou-Colo 11+4reb, O.Anosike 9+6reb, B.Schilb 9+3reb, V.Golubovic 7+5reb, J.Franch 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 569329





The Bucks add Munford to their roster, ex FC Barcelona - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks added to their roster 25-year old American international guard Xavier Munford (188-82kg-92, college: Rhode Island). He played last season at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa. Munford managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 6 Liga Endesa games he recorded just 2.0ppg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Munford also played 5 games in Euroleague where he averaged only 1.0ppg and 1.0rpg. The other team he played that season for was another team Greensboro Swarm. In 30 games he had very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-FIBA AmeriCup Honorable Mention.
Munford has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2014 Maine Red Claws selected him in third round (51st overall) in the D-League draft.
The former Rhode Island University standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Munford's team won D-League Showcase Cup in 2015. He was also voted USBWA All-District I 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time. Munford was called to USA Senior National Team this year.
He has played previously for three other NBA teams: LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Northern Arizona Suns.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWEDEN  


Targu Mures ink Jonathan Person, ex Boras - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Mures Targu-Mures (Liga Nationala) signed 24-year old Swedish international point guard Jonathan Person (190-84kg-93, agency: Interperformances). He moved there from Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan where he played this season. In two games he had 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 6.5apg and 1.0spg. The last season Person played at Uppsala Basket (Basketligan) in Sweden. In 38 games he recorded 11.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.0apg (top 4) and 1.4spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Person's team was regular season runner-up in Swedish BasketEttan Group North in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 3rd Team back in 2011.
Person has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2012 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
Person also represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 3.5ppg, 2.3rpg.
Person has played also professionally in Germany (Oettinger Rockets Gotha), Italy (Virtus Bologna) and Sweden (BC Lulea, 08 Stockholm, Sundsvall and KFUM Uppsala).
He could be described: A talented PG, with huge upside. Gives his best in the open court, but he's quickly improving the slow tempo game quarterbacking too. If he will learn to defend better on the perimeter, he will be ready for senior level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Targu Mures sign Dino Pita - by Nagy Szilveszter

BC Mures Targu-Mures (Liga Nationala) signed 29-year old Swedish international guard Dino Pita (195-86kg-88). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Pita played last season at Miasto Szkla in Polish PLK league. He managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 16 PLK games he had 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. Pita helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. He also played that season for Basic Fit Brussels in Belgian Euromillions League where in 10 games he recorded 3.7ppg. Pita also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.3ppg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Domestic Players Team back in 2012.
Pita has been also a member of Swedish international program for some years. He has regularly played for Swedish senior team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008.
Pita represented Sweden at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.0apg.
Pita has played also professionally in Austria, Sweden (Sodertalje Kings and Talje Knights) and Belgium (Liege Basket).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  SWITZERLAND  

Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 R.J. PRICE
  Winterthur
  (180-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Price, Winterthur26.0 
 2. Brown, Boncourt25.0 
 3. Roberson, Massagno22.0 
 4. Addison, Geneve L.21.0 
 5. Parker, Neuchatel20.0 
 6. De Lattibeau., Pully20.0 
 7. Padgett, Lugano T.19.0 
 8. Humphrey, Monthey19.0 
 9. Kostic, Starwings19.0 
 10. Carey, Lugano T.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tyran DE LATTIBEAUDIERE
  Pully
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. De Lattibeau., Pully13.0 
 2. Downey, Winterthur11.0 
 3. Humphrey, Monthey11.0 
 4. Thompson, Swiss C.11.0 
 5. Williamson, Neuchatel10.0 
 6. Toure, Fribourg9.5 
 7. Katenda, Lakers9.0 
 8. Moore, Massagno9.0 
 9. Padgett, Lugano T.9.0 
 10. Calasan, Starwings8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Justin ROBERSON
  Massagno
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Roberson, Massagno7.0 
 2. Rambo, Lugano T.7.0 
 3. Timberlake, Fribourg6.5 
 4. Babic, Starwings5.5 
 5. Hess, Starwings5.5 
 6. Louissaint, Lakers5.0 
 7. Zivanovic, Lakers4.0 
 8. Addison, Geneve L.4.0 
 9. Pluess, Swiss Central4.0 
 10. Thompson, Swiss C.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan ZIVANOVIC
  Lakers
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Zivanovic, Lakers5.0 
 2. Louissaint, Lakers4.0 
 3. Wade, Pully4.0 
 4. Medford, Geneve L.4.0 
 5. Moore, Massagno3.0 
 6. De Lattibeau., Pully3.0 
 7. Katnic, Monthey3.0 
 8. Colon, Neuchatel3.0 
 9. Babic, Starwings2.5 
 10. Parker, Neuchatel2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mansour KASSE
  Lakers
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kasse, Lakers3.0 
 2. Lehmann, Swiss C.2.0 
 3. Toure, Fribourg2.0 
 4. Louissaint, Lakers2.0 
 5. De Lattibeau., Pully1.0 
 6. Fosserat, Fribourg1.0 
 7. Henry, Monthey1.0 
 8. Cleare, Pully1.0 
 9. Mussongo, Lugano T.1.0 
 10. Hess, Starwings1.0 



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  TUNISIA  


Division I Round 2: JS Manazeh keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Division I.

JS Manazeh edged U.S. Monastir at home 67-66. U.S. Monastir will play next round against Stade Nabeulien trying to get back on the winning streak. JS Manazeh will try to continue on its current victory against ES Sahel in Sousse.
JS Kairouan (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of ES Rades. Visitors were defeated by ES Rades 76-72. ES Rades will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. JS Kairouan will play at home against ESG (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in between Club Africain and DSG. Club Africain (2-0) got a very close victory on the road over DSG (0-1). Club Africain managed to escape with a 2-point win 70-68 on Wednesday evening. Club Africain will meet at home ESDT (#4) in the next round. DSG will play against US Ansar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of Ezzahra (1-1) against ES Sahel (1-1) on Wednesday night. Host Ezzahra was crushed by ES Sahel in Ezzahra 80-58. ES Sahel's next round opponent will be JS Manazeh at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ezzahra will play against ASM Marsa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Hammamet was also quite interesting. ASM Marsa (0-1) played at the court of AS Hammamet (1-1). AS Hammamet defeated ASM Marsa 71-59 on Wednesday. AS Hammamet will have a break next round. ASM Marsa will play at home against Ezzahra (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 In I winless US Ansar was crushed by ESG in Goulette 85-55.

Group A
ESG - US Ansar 85-55

ESG used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from 85-55 on Wednesday night. ESG will face JS Kairouan (#6) on the road in the next round. US Ansar will play against DSG and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 581077


ES Rades - JS Kairouan 76-72

JS Kairouan (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of ES Rades. Visitors were defeated by ES Rades 76-72. ES Rades will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. JS Kairouan will play at home against ESG (#3) to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 581079


DSG - C Africain 68-70

A very close game took place in between Club Africain and DSG. Club Africain (2-0) got a very close victory on the road over DSG (0-1). Club Africain managed to escape with a 2-point win 70-68 on Wednesday evening. Club Africain will meet at home ESDT (#4) in the next round. DSG will play against US Ansar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 581081


Group B
Ezzahra - ES Sahel 58-80

Very important is a home loss of Ezzahra (1-1) against ES Sahel (1-1) on Wednesday night. Host Ezzahra was crushed by ES Sahel in Ezzahra 80-58. ES Sahel's next round opponent will be JS Manazeh at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ezzahra will play against ASM Marsa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 581078


JS Manazeh - US Monastir 67-66

JS Manazeh edged U.S. Monastir at home 67-66. U.S. Monastir will play next round against Stade Nabeulien trying to get back on the winning streak. JS Manazeh will try to continue on its current victory against ES Sahel in Sousse.
gschID: 581080


AS Hammamet - ASM Marsa 71-59

The game in Hammamet was also quite interesting. ASM Marsa (0-1) played at the court of AS Hammamet (1-1). AS Hammamet defeated ASM Marsa 71-59 on Wednesday. AS Hammamet will have a break next round. ASM Marsa will play at home against Ezzahra (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 581082





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  TURKEY  


Hosley is back at Yesilgiresun - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) added to their roster 33-year old American (has also Georgian passport) forward Quinton Hosley (201-98kg-84, college: Fresno State). It is actually his comeback to Yesilgiresun Bld as he has played here before. Hosley played last season at Shahrdary Arak in Iranian Superleague. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 18.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.1apg and 2.9spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Defensive Player of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to Honorable Mention. Hosley also spent pre-season at JSF Nanterre (ProA) in French league that year.
In 2007 he was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in third round (30th overall).
The former Fresno State staris in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Hosley is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Virtus Roma and Banco di Srd), Poland (Stelmet), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Spain (Real Madrid and Joventut) and Turkey (Pinar Karsiyaka, Galatasaray and Aliaga).
On Hosley: A swingman who is a very good shooter and rebounder. Can have a great career as a big 2 guard, could be succesful the same as SF at European level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UGANDA  


City Oilers, Power look good for Africa Zone 5 basketball semis - by Eurobasket News

If Monday's results at the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championships are anything to go by, Ugandan sides Power and City Oilers will have an easy march into the semi-finals when they face Ethiopian opponents in today's quarterfinals. Defending champions City Oilers have a date against Gondar at 7pm while Power face Hawassa City at 9pm at Lugogo Arena that hosts quarterfinal games from 3pm. City Oilers are unbeaten, having won their hardest test so far on Tuesday, a 77-73 win over Rwanda's Patriots. Mandy Juruni 's side should have too much firepower for Gondar, who were hammered 111-31 by the other Ugandan representative Power. Power, who are also unbeaten, take on Hawassa City. Hawassa were mauled 111-41 by City Oilers in their last game. The winner of this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017 that will be hosted in Tunisia in December. The women's round robin tourney continues, with Kenyan sides Equity and KPA, and Ugandan sides KCCA and UCU favourites to snatch the top two places. The highlight in Wednesday's round robin games saw Maureen Amoding grab 39 points as KCCA Leopards annihilated Horseed 139-35. Kenya's Equity edged APR 61-51 and KPA routed Don Bosco 93-43. The top two teams from this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women 2017 set to be held in Angola from November 3-12.
Courtesy of: independent.co.ug



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Rustavi signs Jack Crook - by Eurobasket News

BC Rustavi 1991 (Superleague) signed 24-year old British center Jack Crook (211-116kg-93, college: Seattle). He played last season at Agustinos-Leclerc in Spanish LEB Silver. In 27 games he had 9.9ppg and 9.5rpg (leader !!!). A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention and All-Bosmans Team.
Crook's team made it to the WAC Tournament Semifinals in 2016.
He represented United Kingdom at the CBI Championship Quarterfinals last year.
Crook has played also professionally in United Kingdom (Manchester Magic).
He attended Seattle University until 2016 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  URUGUAY  

Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Daniel STEWART
  Bohemios
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 34
 1. Stewart, Bohemios34.0 
 2. Danridge, Nacional26.0 
 3. Tucker, Welcome25.5 
 4. Martinez, Goes23.0 
 5. Batista, Welcome23.0 
 6. Osimani, Bigua21.5 
 7. Caceres, Trouville21.0 
 8. Frazier, Defensor21.0 
 9. Lopez, Larre Borges20.0 
 10. Thompson, U Univer.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Larre B.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Johnson, Larre B.19.0 
 2. Brown, Goes15.0 
 3. West, Bigua13.0 
 4. Soarez, U Univer.11.0 
 5. Trelles, Bohemios10.0 
 6. Jackson, Goes10.0 
 7. Batista, Welcome9.5 
 8. Stewart, Bohemios9.0 
 9. Vazquez, Goes9.0 
 10. Curtis, Aguada8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan CAMBON
  Bigua
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Cambon, Bigua8.0 
 2. Mazzarino, Malvin6.5 
 3. Izuibejeres, Trouv.6.0 
 4. Perdomo, Bohemios6.0 
 5. Romero, U Univer.5.5 
 6. Marotta, Trouville5.0 
 7. Trelles, Bohemios5.0 
 8. De-Gouveia, Welco.5.0 
 9. Martinez, Goes5.0 
 10. Smith, Aguada4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Winsome FRAZIER
  Defensor
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Frazier, Defensor6.5 
 2. Garcia, Goes3.0 
 3. Lopez, Larre Borges3.0 
 4. Delgado, Nacional2.3 
 5. Barriola, Aguada2.0 
 6. Nicoletti, Larre B.2.0 
 7. Pereiras, Aguada2.0 
 8. Severe, Bigua2.0 
 9. Perdomo, Bohemios2.0 
 10. Silvarrey, Olimpia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Larre B.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Johnson, Larre B.4.0 
 2. Brown, Goes2.0 
 3. Eziukwu, Nacional1.7 
 4. Phillips, Defensor1.5 
 5. Severe, Bigua1.0 
 6. Jackson, Goes1.0 
 7. Osimani, Bigua1.0 
 8. Trelles, Bohemios1.0 
 9. Newsome, Trouville1.0 
 10. Curtis, Aguada1.0 


Dakarai Tucker netted 34 points - by Hector Lopez

Dakarai Tucker (196-F-94, college: Utah) netted 34 points leading Welcome to beat Nacional 81-74 for the Uruguayan League third round, while Esteban Batista (208-C-83, agency: Duran International) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. For Nacional, Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) scored 27 points and added 5 rebounds, while Santiago Moglia (196-F-89) finished with 17 points and Callistus Eziukwu (208-C-85, college: Grand Valley St.) netted 8 points and added 11 rebounds. Malvin won its first gama, defeating Larre Borges 71-67. The best scorer for the winner was Marcos Cabot (178-PG-89) with 14 points , followed by Frank Robinson (193-F-84, college: CS Fullerton) with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Marcel Souberbielle (200-F-91, college: Indiana, PA) with 12 points. Darrius Garrett (206-C-90, college: Richmond) finished with 5 points and 4 rebounds. For Larre Borges, Alex Lopez (185-G-94) netted 16 points and Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) netted 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.


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  VENEZUELA  


LNB II 2017 - Rosters and Schedule set for a new season - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The 2017 edition of Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB), Second Division, is set to start with 5 teams fighting for the national championship and a chance to play in the LNB's top division next year.

Take a look at the rosters of the franchises that will take part in this tournament:

MARINEROS DE SUCRE

Home city: Cumana, Sucre
Home court: 26 de Octubre Arena

Head coach: Daniel Centeno
Players: Niell Ojeda, Josmar Acevedo (196-F-90), Roberto Basanta (192-F-82), Raul Millan (180-PG-97), Eduardo Diaz (205-PF-93), Salvador Torres (96), Edixon Figueroa, Darwin Roque, Jorge Saracual, Jonas Milano, Kevin Lemus, Pedro Navarro, Jose Gomez

TATUYES DE MERIDA
Home city: Merida, Merida
Home court: 9 de Octubre Arena

Head coach: Eusebio Albornoz
Players: Tito Altuve, Carlos Flores, Jose Arboleda, Ronaldo Jaimes, Christian Mendoza, Jose Lopez, Michael Astudillo, John Contreras, Andres Ramirez, Esterio Mendez, Marpiero Andrenacci, Wilter Garcia, Jhoam Izarra, Jhon Izarra, Victor Garcia, Jose Guillen, Humberto Andara, Antonio Garfido, Randall Silva, Jose Gil

BUFALOS DE MONAGAS (Will be Venezuela's U19 NT)
Home city: Maturin, Monagas
Home court: Gilberto Roque Morales Arena

Head coach: Israel Sarmiento
Players: Heldrin Guillent, Gabriel Pino (194-F/G-99), Ernesto Hernandez (F), Hector Medina, Jose Bracho (SG), Johandryt Mendoza (C), Luis Llamos (F), Miguel Perez (PF), Jhonnthan Martinez (194-F/G-00), Alvaro Rodriguez (195-G/F-99), Carlos Lopez (204-C-99), Dario Arria (196-SF-00), Jhonny Tovar, Jorge Figueroa, Jenderson Rondon

INDUSTRIALES DE GUARENAS
Home city: Guarenas, Miranda
Home court: 14 de Febrero Arena

Head coach: Ivan Torres
Players: Dario Castro (206-C-91), Hector Diaz (197-G/F-92), Joseph Romero, Victor Gonzalez Jr. (SF), Kunakbs Martinez, Darwin Sanz, Edwin Ochoa, Douglas Rondon, Luis Duarte, Carlos Gonzalez, Daniel Ortiz

UNIVERSITARIOS DE CARIPITO
Home city: Caripito, Monagas
Home court: Pablo Higuerey Arena

Head coach: Henry Paruta
Players: Leonardo Cappare (185-PG-80), Humberto Bompart (183-PG-94), Emilio Cappare (199-F/G-90), Maikel Avila (198-F, college: Ranger CC), Michael Ysace, Greiber Cova, Jairo Jaime, Martin Diaz, Daniel Villarroel, Gregory Calderon, Nasser Monzon, Jesus Trujillo, Luis Valera, Robert Leon, Manuel Risquez, Miguel Cedeno

Here's the official SCHEDULE for Venezuela's LNB II 2017 season sent by the Venezuelan Basketball Federation
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1jfeoO1rYx9VGdnYzdGUGYtMXc/view



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  VIETNAM  


VBA Round 8 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

VBA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 8 rounds left.

VBA round 8 most important game was a victory of Hanoi B. over 5th ranked Hochiminh CW 81-74 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Hanoi B. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Hanoi B. forced 23 Hochiminh CW turnovers. Strangely Hochiminh CW outrebounded Hanoi B. 48-26 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dutch point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Hanoi B.'s coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for Hochiminh CW. Hanoi B. (4-4) moved-up to third place, which they share with Can Tho CF. Hochiminh CW at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Hanoi B. is looking forward to face league's leader Thang Long W. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hochiminh CW will play against Danang Dragons (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Can Tho. Second ranked Thang Long W. (6-2) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Can Tho CF (4-4) 74-72 on Thursday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds and Quang To who added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Swingman Tan Dinh-Duy (192-95) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Thang Long W. keeps a position of league leader. Can Tho CF at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Hanoi B.. Thang Long W. will play against Hanoi B. (#4) at home in the next round. Can Tho CF will play against the league's second-placed Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Can Tho CF - Thang Long W. 72-74

Important game to mention about took place in Can Tho. Second ranked Thang Long W. (6-2) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd ranked Can Tho CF (4-4) 74-72 on Thursday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Can Tho CF won third quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jaywuan Hill (203-89, college: SW Baptist) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds and international point guard Quang To (180-84) who added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Swingman Tan Dinh-Duy (192-95) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward DeAngelo Hamilton (203-90, college: Washington St., agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Thang Long W. keeps a position of league leader. Can Tho CF at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Hanoi B.. Thang Long W. will play against Hanoi B. (#4) at home in the next round. Can Tho CF will play against the league's second-placed Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Can Tho CF: T.Dinh Duy 21+9reb+2ast, D.Thanh 18+6reb+4ast, D.Hamilton 12+13reb+4ast, T.Le Hieu 7+5reb+4ast, N.Ngcc 6+2reb+2ast, A.Du Minh 5+5reb+4ast
Thang Long W.: J.Hill 28+16reb+2ast, Q.To 16+6reb+4ast, H.Nguyen Van 12+8reb+1ast, J.Young 8+5reb+3ast, L.Phan Minh 6+5reb+5ast, Q.Nguyen Xuan 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 571239


Hochiminh CW - Hanoi B. 74-81

VBA round 8 most important game was a victory of Hanoi B. over 5th ranked Hochiminh CW 81-74 on Tuesday night. The game without a history. Hanoi B. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Hanoi B. forced 23 Hochiminh CW turnovers. Strangely Hochiminh CW outrebounded Hanoi B. 48-26 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dutch point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Hanoi B.'s coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Bilal Richardson (203, college: N.Alabama) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and the former international point guard Han-Minh Trieu (178-87) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hochiminh CW. Four Hochiminh CW players scored in double figures. Hanoi B. (4-4) moved-up to third place, which they share with Can Tho CF. Hochiminh CW at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Hanoi B. is looking forward to face league's leader Thang Long W. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hochiminh CW will play against Danang Dragons (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hochiminh CW: B.Richardson 20+14reb+2ast, H.Minh Trieu 17+8reb+2ast, T.Nguyen 14+6reb+2ast, H.Nguyen 10+4reb+1ast, M.Luong Chi 7+3reb+1ast, P.Chong 6+4reb+1ast
Hanoi B.: V.Nguyen 23+4reb+5ast, J.Collins 20+6reb+2ast, H.Nguyen Phu 9+3reb+3ast, C.Dinh Tien 8+3reb+1ast, D.Nguyen 6+3reb+3ast, T.Bach Cong 5
gschID: 571238





Nguyen's 23 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old point guard Vincent Nguyen (178-PG-95) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hanoi B. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 23 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Hanoi B. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hochiminh CW (#5, 3-5) 81-74. Hanoi B. maintains the 4th position in Vietnamese league. Hanoi B. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. In the team's last game Nguyen had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hanoi B.'s top player in his first season with the team. Nguyen has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.5ppg) and rebounds (7th best: 4.6rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Jaywuan Hill (203-F/C-89) of top-ranked Thang Long W.. He is American forward in his first season at Thang Long W.. In the last game Hill recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Thang Long W. to edge slightly lower-ranked Can Tho CF (#3, 4-4) by 2 points 74-72. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Thang Long W. consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 6-2 record. Hill is a newcomer at Thang Long W. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.1ppg (#1). He also registered 10.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Tan Dinh Duy (192-G/F-95) of Can Tho CF (#3). Dinh Duy scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Dinh Duy's great performance Can Tho CF lost 72-74 to #1 ranked Thang Long W.. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Can Tho CF needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Dinh Duy has a very solid season. In 7 games in Vietnam he scored 22.3ppg. He also has 5.6rpg, 2.1spg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bilal Richardson (203-F) of Hochiminh CW - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Quang To (180-PG-84) of Thang Long W. - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dinh Thanh) of Can Tho CF - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Thanh Nguyen (180-SG-79) of Hochiminh CW - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. DeAngelo Hamilton (203-F/C-90) of Can Tho CF - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Han Minh Trieu (178-PG-87) of Hochiminh CW - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Hung Nguyen Van (187-G/F-95) of Thang Long W. - 12 points and 8 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)




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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Vreny VAN DRIEL
  B.Willeb.
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Van Driel, B.Willeb.24.5 
 2. Steinberga, Castors .24.3 
 3. Resimont, Sint K.22.8 
 4. Nared, Waregem21.5 
 5. Vine, Laarne19.5 
 6. Malashenko, Castors .17.7 
 7. Raman, Kangoeroes16.3 
 8. Williams, Belfius .16.0 
 9. Henket, Liege15.8 
 10. Aizsila, Waregem15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jackie NARED
  Waregem
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Nared, Waregem14.3 
 2. Maes, Liege12.0 
 3. Steinberga, Castors .9.0 
 4. Capoen, Deerlijk9.0 
 5. Massey, Sint K.8.8 
 6. Van Driel, B.Willeb.8.0 
 7. Henket, Liege7.8 
 8. Hendrickx, Belfius .7.5 
 9. Beaurang, B.Willeb.7.5 
 10. Boel, B.Willebroek7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marjorie CARPREAUX
  Castors .
  (165-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Carpreaux, Castors .6.3 
 2. Ortiz, Belfius Namur5.0 
 3. Devliegher, Wareg.5.0 
 4. Van Driel, B.Willeb.4.5 
 5. Ramette, Sint K.4.3 
 6. Foucart, Deerlijk4.0 
 7. Raman, Kangoeroes4.0 
 8. Delaere, Castors .3.7 
 9. Malashenko, Castors .3.3 
 10. Putman, Laarne3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sien DEVLIEGHER
  Wareg.
  (177-PG-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Devliegher, Wareg.4.0 
 2. Celus, Waregem3.0 
 3. Roekens, B.Willebroek2.5 
 4. Van Driel, B.Willeb.2.5 
 5. Delaere, Castors .2.3 
 6. Ortiz, Belfius Namur2.3 
 7. Raman, Kangoeroes2.0 
 8. Beaurang, B.Willeb.2.0 
 9. Beeckmans, Laarne2.0 
 10. Resimont, Sint K.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Becky MASSEY
  Sint K.
  (186-C-0)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Massey, Sint K.1.8 
 2. Aizsila, Waregem1.5 
 3. Nared, Waregem1.3 
 4. Vesterberg, Belfius .0.8 
 5. Colson, Verviers.0.7 
 6. Jones, Castors .0.7 
 7. Malashenko, Castors .0.7 
 8. Maes, Liege0.5 
 9. Vanrenterghe., Laa.0.5 
 10. Williams, Belfius .0.5 


Top Division Women Round 4: B.Willebroek lose to Sint Kateline Waver - by Eurobasket News

After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Top Division Women and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of B.Willebroek (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Sint Kateline Waver (4-0) 78-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B.Willebroek. B.Willebroek was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Sint Kateline Waver, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sint Kateline Waver made 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by B.Willebroek helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Billie Massey (184-0) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Elise Ramette (171-98) who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Vreny Van Driel (175-88) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sint Kateline Waver have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kangoeroes. Newly promoted B.Willebroek dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Sint Kateline Waver is looking forward to face Tulikivi (#8) in Deerlijk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B.Willebroek will play on the road against the league's leader Kangoeroes in Boom and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top Division Women top team - Kangoeroes (4-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Jeugd Gentson (0-3) 42-30. The winners were led by Heleen Adams (172-94) who scored that evening 9 points and 6 rebounds and Brittany Starling supported her with 12 points. Even 12 points by the former international power forward Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-90) did not help to save the game for Jeugd Gentson. Jeugd Gentson's coach Wesley Wauters rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kangoeroes have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Sint Katelijne. Jeugd Gentson at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Kangoeroes will play against B.Willebroek (#5) at home in the next round. Jeugd Gentson will play against Belfius Namur (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Belfius Namur (2-2) 84-49 on Sunday evening. Sofie Hendrickx fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Julita Bungaite produced 16 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Namur moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liege. Newly promoted Verviers-Pep. still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Laarne. Belfius Namur will meet at home Jeugd Gentson (#10) in the next round. Verviers-Pep. will play against Castors Braine and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Laarne (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Declercq Stortbeton (3-1) 95-69. It was a very good performance for Jackie Nared who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. Declercq Stortbeton moved-up to fourth place. Laarne at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Declercq Stortbeton's next round opponent will be Liege (#7) at home. Laarne will play against R.Spirou Monceau (#9) in Charleroi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top-ranked Castors Braine (3-0) crushed at home 8th ranked Tulikivi (1-2) by 71 points 122-51, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Anete Steinberga who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (made all of her nine free throws !!!). Castors Braine's coach Ainars Zvirgzdins felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Castors Braine have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Tulikivi keeps the eighth position with two games lost. Castors Braine will face bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tulikivi will play against the league's second-placed Sint Kateline Waver (#2) in Sint Katelijne and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 4 Spirou Monceau lost to Liege on the opponent's court 25-31.

Castors Braine - Deerlijk 122-51

Top-ranked Castors Braine (3-0) crushed at home 8th ranked Tulikivi (1-2) by 71 points 122-51, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Castors Braine led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Tulikivi's 28 and made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game, while Tulikivi only scored two points from the stripe. Castors Braine forced 27 Tulikivi turnovers and outrebounded them 48-18 including a 16-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Castors Braine looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Tulikivi's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Latvian center Anete Steinberga (190-90, college: UTEP, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (made all of her nine free throws !!!) and Serbian-Bosnian center Nikolina Milic (191-94, agency: LBM Management) who added 16 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five Castors Braine players scored in double figures. Castors Braine's coach Ainars Zvirgzdins felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Nele Poffyn (173-91) responded with 12 points and point guard Lisa Foucart (170-92) scored 6 points and 7 assists. Castors Braine have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Tulikivi keeps the eighth position with two games lost. Castors Braine will face bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Tulikivi will play against the league's second-placed Sint Kateline Waver (#2) in Sint Katelijne and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Castors Braine: A.Steinberga 34+13reb+3ast, M.Anderson 22+1reb+1ast, O.Malashenko 19+5reb+4ast, N.Milic 16+12reb+1ast, B.Jones 15+2reb+3ast, A.Delaere 6+5reb+6ast
Deerlijk: N.Poffyn 12+4reb+2ast, L.Capoen 9+5reb, R. Leire 7+1reb, L.Foucart 6+2reb+7ast, C.Lemmens 6+1reb+2ast, T.Kapenga 5+2reb
gschID: 549161


Belfius Namur - Verviers-Pep. 84-49

Bottom-ranked Verviers-Pep. (0-4) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Belfius Namur (2-2) 84-49 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Belfius Namur led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Belfius Namur outrebounded Verviers-Pep. 46-24 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. International Sofie Hendrickx (186-86) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Hanne Mestdagh (178-93, college: Colorado St., agency: ProDep Management) chipped in 15 points. Four Belfius Namur players scored in double figures. Lithuanian center Julita Bungaite (187-87, college: Hawaii) produced 16 points and French point guard Najat Ouardad (152-90, college: Auburn, agency: LBM Management) added 13 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Namur moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liege. Newly promoted Verviers-Pep. still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Laarne. Belfius Namur will meet at home Jeugd Gentson (#10) in the next round. Verviers-Pep. will play against Castors Braine and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Belfius Namur: S.Hendrickx 17+12reb+2ast, H.Mestdagh 15+4reb+2ast, J.Vesterberg 13+7reb, B.Day 10+4reb, R.Williams 10+5reb+1ast, E.Bestagno 9+5reb+1ast
Verviers-Pep.: J.Bungaite 16+4reb, N.Ouardad 13+2reb+2ast, N.Crelot 11+2ast, N.Bonvoisin 2+4reb+2ast, G.Dethier 2+2reb+1ast, E.Vanaubel 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 549158


B.Willebroek - Sint Katelijne 75-78

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of B.Willebroek (2-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Sint Kateline Waver (4-0) 78-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B.Willebroek. B.Willebroek was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Sint Kateline Waver, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sint Kateline Waver made 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by B.Willebroek helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Billie Massey (184-0) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Elise Ramette (171-98) who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international guard Vreny Van Driel (175-88) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Ines Beaurang (180-89) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Five Sint Kateline Waver and four B.Willebroek players scored in double figures. Sint Kateline Waver have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kangoeroes. Newly promoted B.Willebroek dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Sint Kateline Waver is looking forward to face Tulikivi (#8) in Deerlijk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. B.Willebroek will play on the road against the league's leader Kangoeroes in Boom and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Sint Katelijne: B.Massey 23+8reb+1ast, E.Ramette 14+5reb+6ast, B.Massey 14+7reb+1ast, S.Ouahabi 12+5reb+2ast, L.Resimont 10+6reb+3ast, F.Bastiaenssen 3+4reb
B.Willebroek: V.Van Driel 21+5reb+4ast, I.Beaurang 13+11reb+1ast, A.Lydia Boel 12+5reb+1ast, P.Vanhoven 10+7reb+4ast, S.Debie 7+3reb, K.Hendrickx 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 549162


Laarne - Waregem 69-95

Bottom-ranked Laarne (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Declercq Stortbeton (3-1) 95-69. The game was mostly controlled by Declercq Stortbeton. Laarne was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Declercq Stortbeton dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Laarne's 36. They outrebounded Laarne 48-36 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American guard Jackie Nared (183-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: LBM Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds. The former international point guard Sien Devliegher (177-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Declercq Stortbeton players scored in double figures. Spanish guard Victoria Vine (173-95, college: Eckerd) replied with 28 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Tine Putman (170-82) added 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Laarne. Declercq Stortbeton moved-up to fourth place. Laarne at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Declercq Stortbeton's next round opponent will be Liege (#7) at home. Laarne will play against R.Spirou Monceau (#9) in Charleroi and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Waregem: J.Nared 25+17reb+1ast, A.Aizsila 19+7reb+1ast, S.Devliegher 18+11reb+3ast, L.Gaspar 10+3reb+2ast, M.Celus 9+4reb, S.Bogaert 7+2reb
Laarne: V.Vine 28+6reb, T.Putman 15+9reb+5ast, B.Vanrenterghem 7+3reb, K.Beeckmans 6+2reb, Y.Baeyens 5+1reb+3ast, I.Deforche 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 549157


Liege - Spirou Monceau 31-25

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Liege and 9th ranked R.Spirou Monceau had identical 1-2 record. This time Liege used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Charleroi 31-25 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a great perf